The name Pyttit is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a small person, or the smaller of two people with the same given name. Pettit
derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word petit,
Early Origins of the Pyttit family
The surname Pyttit was first found in 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 Pyttit family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pyttit research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Pyttit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pyttit Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Pyttit family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Petit, also known as Alexander de Balscot, (died 1400), an English-born, leading Irish cleric of the late fourteenth century, holding the offices of Bishop of Ossory
, Bishop of Meath... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pyttit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pyttit family to Ireland
Some of the Pyttit family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pyttit family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pyttit 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.