Pittman Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Pittman Name
Origins of Name:
The surname of Pittman is found in the country of England. It is a topographical surname for someone who lived by a pit or a hollow in the ground, perhaps a quarry, or in some cases was an occupational surname for someone who worked in one. This surname is a derivation from the Old English word “pytt” which can be translated to be a “pit” “hole” or “cavity.” There is also the possibility that this surname is locational for places in Kent, Suffolk, and Surrey. This means that the surname was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have take a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. This locational name was “Woolpit” or “Pett” which are names for a “place to trap wolves.” Because this surname is locational, topographical, and occupational it can be used is various places around England for various reasons.
More common variations are: Pitman, Pettman, Putman, Patman, Petman, Pittman, Pitteman, Pittiman, Pittyman, Pittaman, Pittmano, Pittmana, Piettman, Pittmain, Pittmanw
The first recorded spellings of the surname of Pittman was found in the country of England in the year of 1203. One Urban Piteman was named as a witness in the Assize Court of Northampton. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of King John, who was known as and commonly referred to throughout history as the “Lackland.” King John ruled from the year 1199 to the year 1216. Other mentions of the surname of Pittman throughout history in the country of England includes the mention of one Johanes Pittman, who was married to Alicia Spratt at St. Martin’s in the Fields, London, in the year of 1633, while Andrew Petman married at the church of St. Dionis in Backchurch, London in the year 1645. Those who bear the surname of Pittman live in Devon, Kent, Dorset and the city of London.
United States of America:
During the 1600’s settlers in Europe began to feel disgruntled with their homeland. These settlers began to look for new lives, and new freedoms that were not afforded to them in the country of their birth. Many of these people were migrating to the United States of America because this land promised freedom from religious persecution, the promise of new land, and the promise of little to no taxation. This migration of people was referred to as the European Migration, and brought many new people to the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World or The Colonies. The first person who bore the surname of Pittman was one Christopher Pittman, who landed in the state of Virginia in the year 1623, and was followed by Sarah Pittman, who also arrived in Virginia, but in the year of 1635. Those who bear the surname of Pittman can be found all across the United States of America, especially in the southern states such as North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Pittman:
United States 57,581, Canada 2,903, England 963, Australia 737, Peru 598, Germany 235, Saudi Arabia 154, France 122, Scotland 112, French Polynesia 99
Joseph Wayne “Joe” Pittman (1954-2014) who was nicknamed “Shoes,” and was an American MLB Baseball backup infielder/outfielder who played from the year 1981 to the year 1984
Claude F. Pittman Jr., who was the Mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi from the year 1962 to the year 1965, and was a politician from America
Claude F. Pittman Sr. who was the Mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi from the year 1961 to the year 1962, resigned in the year 1962, and was a politician from America
Claude C. Pittman, who was a Member of the Georgia State Senate in the year 1950, and was a politician from America
Charles Pittman, who was a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Georgia in the year 2004, and was a Democratic politician from America
Carl Shephard Pittman, who was a Member of the Georgia State House of Representatives from Tift County from the year 1949 to the year 1950, and was a politician from America
Anastasia Pittman, who was a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma in the year 2008, and was a Democratic politician from America
Pittman Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Pittman blazon are the axe and mullet. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
The Axe appears in many forms in heraldic art, coming from both the martial and the craft traditions, indeed someone today would have a hard time telling their common hatchet from a turner’s axe, but it is likely that those in the middle ages were more familiar with each. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Axe Obviously the axe from a craft tradition may symbolise the holder being a practitioner of that craft, but the axes from a martial background are suggested by Wade to indicate the “execution of military duty”. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P100
The heraldic mullet, not to be confused with the fish of that name, is shown as a regular, five pointed star. This was originally, not an astronomical object, but represented the spur on a horseman’s boot, especially when peirced, with a small circular hole in the centre it represents a type of spur known as a “rowel” 9Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 97. A clear example can be found in the arms of Harpendene, argent, a mullet pierced gules. The ancient writer Guillim associated such spurs in gold as belonging to the Knight, and the silver to their esquires 10A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, P107. In later years, Wade linked this five pointed star with the true celestial object, the estoile and termed it a “falling star”, symbolising a “divine quality bestowed from above” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P105.