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Somerset?, London

There is a Mollett family legend that we are descended from Huguenots.  So far absolutely no sign of this in the direct Mollett line - all the way back to the sixteenth century.  So I sometimes wonder whether this is the Huguenot link.

But this is entirely based on a slightly french sounding name.  Indeed I know very very little about the Pittards at this stage - having only the barest of facts about just two generations - the inevitable female - Jane, first wife of Joseph Beckwith, and her father Samuel.  I don’t think we even know what Samuel did for a living.  

There seems to be some possibility that the Pittards came from Somerset.  There are definitely a lot of them there - and a lot of Samuels too, so maybe there is some truth to this.  One feels on the brink of a discovering more.

Samuel Pittard ca 1749-1794?

Jane Pittard 1775-1840


meaning and origins

Probably french and derived from pité meaning pitiful or poor.  Another site seems certain the name originates in Normandy


Pettard, Pitard, Pithard, Pitton

distribution in England and Wales

In 1891 the Pittards were very definitely centred on Somerset, which is not really that close to France, so maybe not the Huguenot link!  Hampshire, which is closer, seems to be the second most dense conglomeration of Pittards.

Pittard places