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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Lepettit family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Lepettit is a nickname type of surname for a person of small stature, having derived from the Old French word "petit," meaning "small" or "little."

Early Origins of the Lepettit family


The surname Lepettit was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this distinguished family held a family seat at Bressey, where Antoine Petit was a knight of arms in the year 1353. They were also seated at Lavaux. They were strongly associated with the region of Champagne on the northern border of Bourgogne in eastern France. The first record in Bourgogne is at the seigneurie of Villiers-Sur-Suize where they held a family seat several centuries before the 15th century. In the 15th century Guyot Petit was Lord of the manor of Chaumont and a Lieutenant in the government of Nogent. This main stem of the family eventually emerged as the Barons Mathault.

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Early History of the Lepettit family

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Early History of the Lepettit family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lepettit research.
Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1598, 1674, 1677, 1688, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Lepettit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lepettit Spelling Variations

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Lepettit Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Pettit, Petit, Petite, Petites, Pettitt, Petitt, Pessit, Du Pettit, Du Petitt, Du Petit, Le Petitt, Le Pettit and many more.

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Early Notables of the Lepettit family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Lepettit family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Petit (Jehan Petit, John Parvus) (c. 1360-1411), a French theologian and professor in the University of Paris, is known for...
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Migration of the Lepettit family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Lepettit family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Petit who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Claude Petit settled in Louisiana in 1758; Jean Petit settled there in 1756; Richard Pettit settled in Virginia in 1636.

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