Meaning and Origin of: Pitcher

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (chiefly eastern and southern) : from an agent derivative of Middle English pich ‘pitch’, hence an occupational name for a caulker, one who sealed the seams of ships or barrels with pitch.
  • English : variant of Pickard 2.
  • Possibly from German Pitscher, from the short form of a personal name formed with Old High German bītan ‘to endure’, or bittan ‘to wish or ask for’.