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The lineage of the name Putnam begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Puttenham, a place-name found in the counties of Hertfordshire and Surrey. Both place-names have an identical etymology. They are derived from the Old English word ham, which means farm, and either the Old English personal name Putta, or the Old English word putta, which means hawk. The place-name taken as a whole means "farm belonging to Putta," or "farm where there are hawks." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


Putnam Early Origins



The surname Putnam was first found in Hertfordshire at Puttenham, a small village and parish, in the union of Berkhampstead, hundred of Dacorum. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The parish is listed as Puteham [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the Domesday Book of 1086. Puttenham, Surrey is another parish in the First division of the hundred of Godalming. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The first record of this local was in 1199 when it was listed as Puteham. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Puttenham Priory is a large house at the eastern end of the village and dates back to 1266. St John the Baptist church "occupies a picturesque situation close to the mansion of Puttenham Priory, is in the later English style, and contains some ancient brasses." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Putnam Spelling Variations


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Putnam Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Putnam has undergone many spelling variations, including Puttenham, Putnam, Putman and others.

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Putnam Early History


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Putnam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Putnam research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1529, 1590, 1589, 1615, 1686, 1651, 1699, 1692, 1679 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Putnam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Putnam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Putnam Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include George Puttenham (1529-1590), English writer who is the reputed author of "The Arte of English Poesie" (1589); Lt. Thomas Putnam Sr. (1615-1686), was one of Salem's wealthiest residents; and his son, Thomas Putnam (1651-1699), American resident of...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Putnam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Putnam were among those contributors:

Putnam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Putnam, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Nathaniel Putnam, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Thomas Putnam, who arrived in Virginia in 1659
  • John Putnam, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1665

Putnam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Putnam settled in Boston in 1820
  • A D Putnam, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • G F Putnam, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J P Putnam, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • M Putnam, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Putnam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adelaide Putnam, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Amy Putnam, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Claude G. Putnam, aged 20, who landed in America from London, in 1905
  • Charlotte Putnam, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Avis Putnam, who landed in America, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Putnam Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Daniel Putnam U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ebenezer Putnam U.E. (b. 1762) born in Worchester, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1798 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Ephraim Putnam U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Putnam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Putnam (post 1700)



  • Hilary Whitehall Putnam (1926-2016), American philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist, Cogan University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, awarded the 2011 Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy
  • James Putnam U.E. (1756-1838), American born immigrant to Canada as a United Empire Loyalist, Member of the Sydney County in the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, (1785 to 1793), son of Samuel Putnam
  • Samuel Putnam U.E. (1725-1789), American born and educated at Harvard judge and politician who emigrated to Canada as a United Empire Loyalist, Member of New Brunswick's first Council, judge in the Supreme Court of New Brunswick
  • William Lowell "Bill" Putnam III (1924-2014), American broadcasting executive, Trustee Emeritus of the Lowell Observatory
  • Israel Putnam (1718-1790), popularly known as "Old Put," an American army general who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775) during the American Revolutionary War (17751783)
  • Palmer Cosslett Putnam (1900-1984), American consulting engineer and wind power pioneer
  • George Putnam (1914-2008), American television news reporter and talk show host
  • David Endicott Putnam (1898-1918), American flying Ace of World War I
  • Helen Putnam (1909-1984), American educator and politician, mayor of Petaluma, California (1965-79) and County Supervisor for southern Sonoma County (1979-84)
  • Herbert Putnam (1861-1955), American librarian, who introduced the Library of Congress classification system
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Putnam


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Suggested Readings for the name Putnam



  • The Putman Family, New York and Beyond by Warren Thomas Putnam.
  • A Brief History of the Family of Nathan Allen And Mary Putnam by Augustus L. Allen.
  • A Family Tree in America: Being a Genealogical Story of the Families of Deane, Putman, Boynton, Gager, Bull, and Allied Families by Frank Putnam Deane.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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