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Porritt is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the name Peter. This name was a baptismal name that was originally derived from the French name Pierre and was a diminutive of the name Parrot, which means little Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The name Porritt is also a nickname type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.

Porritt Early Origins



The surname Porritt was first found in Pembrokeshire where they were granted the lands of Ystington, Haroldston, and Carew Castle in that shire by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sir Stephen Perrott married Helen, the daughter of Marchion Ap Rice, Prince of South Wales at the beginning of the 12th century. Thorp Perrot Hall is a large 18th-century country house standing in an estate on the northern edge of Snape village.

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Porritt Spelling Variations


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Porritt Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.

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Porritt Early History


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Porritt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Porritt research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1571, 1636, 1597, 1604, 1622, 1626, 1629, 1601, 1608, 1611, 1617, 1683, 1677, 1679, 1659, 1528, 1592 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Porritt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Porritt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Porritt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Stephen Perrot, ancient scion of the family; Sir James Perrot (1571-1636), a Welsh writer and politician, Member of Parliament for Haverfordwest in 1597, (1604-1622)...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Porritt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Porritt In Ireland


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Porritt In Ireland



Some of the Porritt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Porritt name or one of its variants:

Porritt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Porritt, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Porritt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Porritt (post 1700)



  • Charles Smith Porritt (1904-1969), American Democrat politician, Michigan Democratic State Chair, 1939-41; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940
  • Jonathan Espie Porritt CBE (b. 1950), English environmentalist and writer and son of Arthur
  • Nathan John Porritt (b. 1990), English footballer
  • Richard Valentine Porritt (1901-1985), Canadian mining industry executive and an inductee to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
  • Arthur Espie Porritt Bt, GCMG, GCVO, CBE (1900-1994), New Zealand Rhodes Scholar, physician, military surgeon, statesman and athlete, 11th Governor-General of New Zealand between 1967 and 1972

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Amo ut invenio
Motto Translation: I love as I find


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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    The Porritt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Porritt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 January 2016 at 11:37.

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