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The surname Pettus was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Rackheath, held by Godric, steward of the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Pettus, Pettous, Petous, Petus, Pettous, Pettes and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettus research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1542, 199), 1523, 1597, 1566, 1590, 1st , 1654, 1671, 1640, 1698, 1672, 1731, 1743 and 1772 are included under the topic Early Pettus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Pettus (1523-1597) who was Sheriff (1566) and then Mayor (1590), of the city of Norwich; Sir Thomas Pettus, 1st Baronet (d. 1654) of Rackheath in the County of Norfolk, High...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pettus Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Pettus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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