Recorded in many spellings including Pitt, Pitts, Pett, Petts, Pott, Potts, Pettus, Pates, Patis, Patise, Pettis, and Pettys this is a surname of pre 7th century Olde English and Anglo-Saxon origins. It is usually topographical and derives from the Olde English pre 7th century word "pytt" meaning a pit or hollow, and where appropriate the fused suffix '-hus' meaning a house. This is also dialectally 'disguised' as -es, -en, - ys, or -ise. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. In this case the name may also be locational from one of the places named with element, for example Pitt in Hampshire, or Pett in East Sussex. Early examples of the surname recordings include Thomas de la Pitte in the 1225 Assize Court Rolls of Somerset, and Roger de Petts in the London rolls of 1276. Other interesting recordings of the surname showing its development over the centuries include William Bitheputte of Somerset in 1277, Johan atte Pitte of Surrey in 1294, and Thomas in the Pyt of Worcestershire in circa 1300. James Pettes at St Michael Cornhill, in 1562, and John Patyes at St Andrews Holborn, both in the city of London, are examples of later fused spellings. The most famous of the namebearers was probably William Pitt, the younger (1759 - 1806), the youngest ever prime minster of England, from 1783 to his death. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geruase de la Puette, which was dated 1182, in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Pettus — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Edmund Pettus (1821–1907), US amerikanischer Politiker John J. Pettus (1813–1867), US amerikanischer Politiker Pettus ist der Name mehrerer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Pettus (Arkansas) Pettus (Texas) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pettus — may refer to:* Pettus, Texas, a place in in Bee County, Texas, United States * Edmund Pettus, a Confederate Brigadier General in the American Civil War * John J. Pettus, a 19th century United States politician * Shawn Pettus Brown, an… …   Wikipedia

  • Pettus — Pettus, TX U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas Population (2000): 608 Housing Units (2000): 257 Land area (2000): 5.801519 sq. miles (15.025864 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 5.801519 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Pettus, TX — U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas Population (2000): 608 Housing Units (2000): 257 Land area (2000): 5.801519 sq. miles (15.025864 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 5.801519 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Pettus Independent School District — is a public school district based in the community of Pettus, Texas (USA).In addition to Pettus, the district serves the communities of Tuleta, Tulsita, and Normanna. Located in Bee County, a small portion of the district extends into Karnes… …   Wikipedia

  • Pettus, Texas — Infobox Settlement official name = Pettus, Texas settlement type = CDP nickname = motto = imagesize = image caption = image mapsize = 250px map caption = Location of Pettus, Texas mapsize1 = 250px map caption1 = subdivision type = Country… …   Wikipedia

  • John J. Pettus — John Jones Pettus (* 9. Oktober 1813 im Wilson County, Tennessee; † 28. Januar 1867 im Pulaski County, Arkansas) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker und im Jahr 1854 sowie zwischen 1859 und 1863 Gouverneur des Bundesstaates Mississippi.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edmund Winston Pettus — Edmund Pettus Edmund Winston Pettus (* 6. Juli 1821 im Limestone County, Alabama; † 27. Juli 1907 in Hot Springs, North Carolina) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker (Demokratische Partei). E …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shawn Pettus Brown — Shawn R. Pettus Brown (born September 9, 1976, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an entrepreneur, Film producer, promoter, and plays professional basketball in Japan. He is the oldest of 8 children; 4 brothers and 3 sisters. He attended Taft High School in …   Wikipedia

  • Municipio de Pettus (Arkansas) — Municipio de Pettus Municipio de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.