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Where did the English Pettry family come from? What is the English Pettry family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pettry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pettry family history?

The ancestors of the Pettry family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the given name Patrick. It was largely as a result of the fame of the 5th century Romano British saint of this name that Patrick was such a popular given name in the Middle Ages. It derives from the Latin Patricus, meaning the son of a noble father, a member of the patrician class, and a member of the Roman hereditary aristocracy.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Patrick, Patryck, Partick and others.

First found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettry research. Another 345 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 15 K, 1160, 1201, 1211, 1626, 1707, 1679 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Pettry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pettry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pettry or a variant listed above:

Pettry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • John Pettry, aged 2, who settled in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1914

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ora et labora
Motto Translation: Pray and work.

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The Pettry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettry 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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