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About the Putman surname

Putman

Variations

Putnam, Pitman

Meaning

  • English: variant of Pitman ‘dweller by the pit or hollow’, formed with Middle English putte, a dialect form common in southern and southwestern England. [Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]
  • Dutch: from put ‘pit’ or ‘well’ + man ‘man’, a topographic name for someone who lived by such a feature, or a habitational name derived from a minor place named with the term. [Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]
  • Americanized spelling of North German Püttmann, a topographic name cognate with 2. [Reference: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4]

Background

Originally from England, Netherlands, and Germany. Several Putnam and Putman families came to America before the American Revolution. These included:

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There is an English crest and a Dutch crest.

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