I recently came across a finding that could be true but I've never heard of it. It says, "The Pettypool names comes from Germany. During the reformation period the Pettypool's were part of the Anabaptist movement in Germany. When the Anabaptist announced that no Ruler was divenely inspired, the Czar of Germany expelled them from the country. They migrated to Northern France and contracted their name to P'Pool to have the french appearance. Later in the mid 1700's they moved to Wales and three brothers sailed to the US and landed in Halifax Co, VA in 1794. This research was conducted by Dr Bruce P'Pool (deceased) from Nashville, TN from 1930's to 1954 when he published the P'Pool history. No longer in print.