Purtroppo, riguardo a questo cognome, abbiamo trovato informazioni storiche solo in lingua inglese. Over the centuries the name Della Pittima may have had many changes and the present form, according to our studies, appears to be different from the original. It is important to realize that the name may have gone through dialect variations, contractions, shortened forms of the original one, lenitions, errors due to incorrect transcriptions and voluntary changes. Therefore, we believe that the surname Della Pittima came originally from PITTMAN, on which we are able to provide the following historical and heraldic information taken from bibliographic sources of Araldicus. The Last Name of PITTMAN was a locational name ‘the dweller at the pit or in the hollow’ from residence nearby. The name was extrapolated from the Old English PYTTMANN. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Unban Piteman 1203 County Northumberland. John Piteman was recorded in County Buckinghamshire in the year 1273, and Henry Putman was recorded in the year 1296 in the County of Sussex. Walter Petman was listed in County Kent in 1317. John Pittman and Alice Pigge were married in London in the year 1626. Andrew Pittman was buried at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in the year 1643. The rise of last names, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066 when Old English personal-names were rapidly superseded by the new christian names introduced by the Normans. Of these, only a few were really popular and in the 12th century this scarcity of christian names led to the increasing use of last names to distinguish the numerous individuals of the same name. Some Normans had hereditary last names before they came to England, but there is evidence that last names would have developed in England even had there been no Norman Conquest. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each person owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized, and it became official that each individual acquired exact identification. Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-1897) was the English inventor of a system of shorthand, based on sounds instead of letters. At first, the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884….
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