Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Pityt was first found in Britina. It was a name for a small person, or the smaller of two people with the same given name. Pettit derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word petit, meaning small.
Early Origins of the Pityt family
Kent. The Petet variant is most interesting. "This family are known to have flourished at Ardevors, co. Cornwall, as early as the time of Henry I., and to have had a succession of six knights. The name was anciently written De Petyt, and it must therefore be local." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Pityt family
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Pityt Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pityt are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pityt include Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Pityt family (pre 1700)
Ossory, Bishop of Meath...
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Migration of the Pityt family to Ireland
Some of the Pityt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pityt family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pityt, or a variant listed above: Anne Pettit, who came to Salem in 1630; Richard Pettit, who was on record in Virginia in 1636; Nicholas Petit, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808; John Pettit, who came to Philadelphia in 1801.
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