August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

One of those “last names as first names” that were once a quite popular way for a mother’s maiden name to be passed on to her sons, “Pitt” was an Old English / Flemish surname given to one who lived or worked near a “pytt”, or hollow.

I can think of nothing. Well, nothing flattering or attractive, anyway.

– Sir Pitt Crawley, the crude, dissolute old baronet who hires clever little Becky Sharp as governess in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Mr. Pitt Crawley, Sir Crawley’s eldest son and heir, in Vanity Fair.
– Master Pitt Crawley, son of Mr. Pitt and Lady Jane, in Vanity Fair.

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