Last name: Pitt

This famous surname, one of the most important in British history, is recorded in several spellings including Pitt, Pitts, Pett, Petts, and Pott. It is topographical, and derives from the pre 7th century Olde English word "pytt" meaning a pit or hollow, and hence was given to a person who lived or worked by such a place. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, both natural and man-made features in the landscape providing 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 Pitt or Pett in the counties of Hampshire and Sussex. The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 12th Century, and early recordings include Thomas de la Pitte in the Assize Court Rolls of Somerset in 1225, 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 1300. The most famous of the namebearers was probably William Pitt, known as "The Younger" (1759 - 1806), second son of William Pitt, first Earl of Chatham. He was the youngest ever prime minster of England, from 1783 to 1801, and elected again from 1804 to 1806. He died in office shortly after the battle of Trafalgar. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geruase de la Puette. This was dated 1182, in the Pipe Rolls of Sussex, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England. 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Gunter
Well words with double letters tt, nn or ss, bb, cc, could also have a double origin. Mostly coming from greater Germany starting all around CHR, all words with double letters have a Germanic origin. Because Germany was first excisted, in midd & northern Europe. Because in nowadays English not much double letters are found in the Alphabet. Every word or letter if you live in Europe you know where that word original comes from. First was Germanic empire then immigrants came to Brittain. Ofcourse English surnames have a great decent overall in the world but where those English surnames came from? Examples: Most people think Angelina Voight (Jolie) is American English but have a German origin, Hugho Boss, Nike, Ralp Lauren, adidas, Allianz, Audi, Bosch, Mercede, Loewe, Oetker, Porsche, Siemens, Audi, T mobile. Brad Pitt: Pitt can be English but can also be German of Origin. Angelina Jolie: The most beautifull women is then German: Slovake, Austria, Hungarian of Germany decent Brad Pitt: The most beautifull men English, or either Wellsh, Scottish or Irish of Germany decent

David Armstrong
My surname is Pitt and I am related to William Pitt. I am from Pitt County, NC;currently live in Pittsburgh, PA and attended the University of Pittburgh...places all named for William Pitt who owned my people as slaves. I have even met some of William Pitt's decendents who live in Pitt County, NC and Pittsburgh, PA and, quite frankly, I do not know exactly how to feel about all of this. Any comments on this from anybody out there? If so, please share. Thanks!

Stephen O'Donohoe
What not focus instead on the tradion of slavery worldwide ? to give you a wider picture. The Arabs and the Africans enslaved whoever they could for profit, So what you call 'Your people' also enslaved other Africans. European history is similar, Saint Patrick the saint of Ireland was captured in Wales and brought to Ireland as a slave, it was common practice world wide. Just accept it was part of African culture before any european influence.In those days most people were in bondage in some way or another. Just be grateful that you are free and have attended University, stop looking to apportion blame, and feel bitter about your history, look to the present and your future!

Vera
Hi David, I recently found your Post of December 11, 2010. I am seeking information for a friend who's last name is "Pitts".He perhaps is also the descendant of slaves owned by William Pitt. Slavery is a painful thing of the past which has robbed people of African origin of their identify. African names were replaced by Slave owners' names without permission. Slaves were given a new birth certificate, a new country, lives of pain.. Don't worry about it, everything will be alright.

mike pitt
Our name's origin is unclear due to the variations, I believe we're Flemish in origin...but ALL the Pitt's come from Baron Rivers... My family motto is per ardua liberi...

AP
Pitt is the most awesome last name in the world! :D