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Where did the English Petty family come from? What is the English Petty family crest and coat of arms? When did the Petty family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Petty family history?The ancestors of the Petty family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Petty was a name given to a small person. The surname Petty originally derived from the Old French word Petit which referred to small or tiny. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Petty has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Pettey, Petty, Pettie, Pety, Petie and others.
First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Ilmington conjecturally descended from the land holder recorded in the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 A.D., as being held by Alric the pre-conquest holder from Robert of Stafford.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petty research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1296, 1395, 1382, 1623, 1583, 1639, 1628, 1629, 1621, 1661, 1660, 1623 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Petty History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 121 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Petty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pettys to arrive on North American shores:
Petty Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Petty Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Petty Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Petty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petty Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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