Putman

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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.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • Americanized spelling of North German Püttmann, a topographic name cognate with 2.[3]

Background

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

  • John Putnam, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642.[4]
  • Thomas Putnam, who arrived in Gloucester, Virginia in 1647.[5]

Coat of Arms

There is an English crest and a Dutch crest.

Geni.com Stats

As of 7/15/2008 there are 450 profiles on Geni.com with the surname Putman.[6]

Variations

Putnam, Pitman

Famous Persons

  • Joris Putman: a Dutch actor [7]

References

  1. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  2. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  3. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
  4. http://www.billputman.com/thefamilies.htm
  5. http://www.billputman.com/thefamilies.htm
  6. http://www.geni.com/last-name/putman
  7. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0701198/

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