The English surname Pitt is a topographic name for someone who lived in a hollow. Early examples of the name recording include Thomas de la Pitte in the Assize Court Rolls of Somerset in 1225, and Roger de Petts in the London rolls of 1276. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1621 when William Pitt arrived in Massachusetts from England. Today there are approximately 9,000 bearers of the name Pitt living in the US.
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