The history of the name Potiphar goes back, perhaps as far as 1066, when the Norman Conquest
occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Potiphar is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer,
or pied de fer,
which means iron foot.
The family name Potiphar was brought to England
after the Norman Conquest
, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon
aristocrats. They imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.
Early Origins of the Potiphar family
The surname Potiphar was first found in Worcestershire
where, they held a family seat
after the Norman Conquest
by William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D., where the name meant literally "Petite" and "Fere," meaning "the little wild beast," a soubriquet which has been corrupted to Pettifer, although a distant relationship has been claimed to Potiphar, the Faro's Captain of the Guard.
Early History of the Potiphar family
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Potiphar Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was institutionalized a couple of hundred
years back, spelling varieties of names were a typical event. Components of Latin, Norman French and different dialects ended up noticeably fused into English all through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the proficient. The varieties of the surname Potiphar include Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.
Early Notables of the Potiphar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Potiphar family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Potiphars to arrive on North American shores: Elizabeth Pettiford settled in Maryland in 1720.