The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. (PRIVAT). This English surname of PRIVETTE is an English habitation name from a place in Hampshire, a parish named PRIVETT, near Petersfield, which seems to get its name from an Old English word PRYFET. The name meant 'the dweller at the private place'. The name is also spelt PRIVAT, PRIVATTE and PRIVETT. The earliest of the placename on record appears to be PRYFETES, which was recorded in the year 755, and PRUUET was documented in the year 1245. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. A later instance of the name includes Joseph Hallson and Ann PRIVETT who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1792. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.
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