Petrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname Petrie emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Petrie is derived from the personal names Peter and Patrick. These two names were frequently confused in Scotland since the Gaelic forms of Patrick were Pádair and Pátair. The Flemish Petrie family is believed to be descended from a family named Peters who migrated from Antwerp in Belgium to Cornwall during the 12th century. From there, the family moved to Kincardine, Aberdeen, and Caithness in Scotland.

Early Origins of the Petrie family

The surname Petrie was first found in Kincardineshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Petrie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petrie research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1612, 1688, 1643, 1714, 1703 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Petrie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Petrie Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Petrie, Petree, Petre and others.

Early Notables of the Petrie family (pre 1700)

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Petrie migration to the United States

An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Petrie:

Petrie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Coenraet Petrie, who arrived in New York in 1715 [1]
  • Peter Petrie, aged 10, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1774 [1]
  • John Petrie, who settled in Tobago in 1775
  • Peter Petrie, who settled in Georgia in 1775
Petrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Petrie, who arrived in America in 1820 [1]
  • William W Petrie, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • George Petrie, who arrived in New York in 1837 [1]
  • James Petrie, who landed in New York, NY in 1845 [1]

Petrie migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Petrie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Johan Jost Petrie Sr., U.E., (John Joseph, John Jost, Hanjost, Hansjost, Hanjoist, Hancust, Petry, Petrey, Peetire) from Tyron County, New York, USA who settled in Saltfleet Township [Stoney Creek], Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in the Indian Department, he later joined Butler's Rangers and Captain William Caldwell's Company, married twice having 5 children he died in 1804 [2]
  • Private. Joseph Petrie Jr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers, married to Elizabeth Wintermute [2]
Petrie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Petrie, who landed in Canada in 1832

Petrie migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Petrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Petrie, a sawyer, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Andrew Petrie, who arrived in Brisbane Town in 1837 as a government appointee

Petrie migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Petrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Petrie, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [3]
  • Mr. J. Petrie, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Petrie, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [4]
  • Mr. W. Petrie, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [4]
  • Mrs. Petrie, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 9th February 1858 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Petrie (post 1700)

  • George Petrie (1793-1879), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York
  • Donald Mark Petrie (b. 1954), American Primetime Emmy nominated actor and film director [5]
  • George O Petrie (1912-1997), American actor
  • Henry W Petrie (1857-1925), American composer and performer of popular music
  • Henry Petrie (1768-1842), English antiquary, son of a dancing-master who resided at Stockwell, Surrey
  • Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie FRS (1853-1942), English archaeologist and noted Egyptologist
  • Sir Charles Petrie (1895-1977), Irish (English born) popular historian
  • Martin Petrie (1823-1892), British Army officer from Manor House, King's Langley, Hertfordshire, second son of Commissary-general William Petrie (d. 1842), who had seen active service in Egypt, Italy, and France
  • George Petrie (1790-1866), Irish painter, musician, antiquary and archaeologist, only child of James Petrie, a portrait-painter, born at Dublin
  • Donald John Mackay Petrie (1922-2015), Canadian soccer player and head coach, inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Petrie family

Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Robert Petrie (1888-1914), Scottish Miner from Durham, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [6]
  • Mr. James Petrie (1886-1914), Scottish Bratticeman from Durham, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [6]
  • Mr. Alexander Petrie (1897-1914), Scottish Bratticeman from Lochgelly, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [6]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Robert Christopher Petrie (d. 1945), British Stoker Petty Officer aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Donald Petrie. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Donald Petrie. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Petrie
  6. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  7. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
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