The ancient roots of the Pittfield family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Pittfield comes from when the family lived in the village of Pitfield in the county of Middlesex. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word pyt
which referred to an area that was pitted.
The original bearers of the surname Pittfield lived in an area that was known for its many hollows of pitted ground,
Early Origins of the Pittfield family
The surname Pittfield was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Pittfield family
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Pittfield Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Pittfield has appeared include Pittfield, Pitfield, Pitfeild, Pitfeld, Pittfeld, Pitville, Pittville, Petfield, Pettfield, Petwell, Pitfell, Pittfell, Pitwell and many more.
Early Notables of the Pittfield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pittfield family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pittfield arrived in North America very early: Robert Petwell, who settled in Virginia in 1636; Mary Pitfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1663; John Bryan Pitfield, who was naturalized in New York, NY in 1832.