Origin of the Name Pettigrew
The origin of the name Pettigrew
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Pettigrew
include Petticrew, Pettegrew, Petticrow and Pettigree. This name is usually of Scottish origin and is taken from the French 'petit cru' meaning 'small growth', perhaps indicating a person of small stature. This name is found in many ancient manuscripts in Scotland . Examples of such are a Thomas Petykreu, of Lanark, who rendered homage in the year 1296. A John Pettygrew was a witness at Linlithgow, recorded in the year 1461. A John Pettigrew is recorded as a tenement holder in Glasgow in 1497. A Sir Mabut Pettigrew is recorded as parish clerk of Monkland, in the year 1518. Names were recorded in these ancient manuscripts to make it easier for the overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or as gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland the name was introduced into Ulster Province during the seventeenth century by the Huguenots. They originally settled in County Tyrone but in modern times are most associated with County Antrim.
The Pettigrew coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Pettigrew descendants.