First name origin & meaning:
Old English: From the sire's estate
First name variations: Putney
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from either of two places, in
Hertfordshire and Surrey, called Puttenham, from the genitive case of
the Old English byname Putta, meaning ‘kite’ (the bird) + Old
English hām ‘homestead’.
- John Putnam emigrated from England to Salem, MA, before 1641, and
established a family that was still prominent in Massachusetts four
generations later, including the revolutionary war soldier Israel
Putnam (1718–90) and his cousin Rufus Putnam (1738–1824), also a
soldier, one of the first settlers in OH.
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