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PITTS Family HistoryRecorded in the spellings of Pit, Pitt, and the patronymics Pits, Pitts and Pitson, this is an English surname. It is residential and derives from the Olde English pre 7th century word "pytt" meaning a pit or hollow, and given to one residing by this natural or man-made feature. Residential 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 some cases the surname can be locational from one of the places called Pitt as recorded in Hampshire, or from Pett in East Sussex.
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