This surname of PITCOCK was a baptismal name 'the descendant of little PEOT', an ancient form of Peter. The name is also spelt PATCOCK, PADOCK, PITTCOCK, and PIDDOCKE. An early record of the name includes Gilbert PITTOCK, who was recorded in County Cambridge in the year 1273. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years. Later instances mention Thomas PIDDOCK and Mary Gaudy, who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1738, and John Spencer and Ann PIDOCK were wed at the same church in 1755. The name was taken to Scotland by settlers and Dugall filius PADOCK who was a juror on an inquisition in Lennox in the year 1320, appears to be the first of the name recorded there. Patrick PADDOCK was a charter witness in Glasgow in 1371.
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