Montpetit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Montpetit 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 Montpetit 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 Montpetit family

The surname Montpetit 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.

Important Dates for the Montpetit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Montpetit research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1598, 1674, 1677, 1688, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Montpetit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Montpetit 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.

Early Notables of the Montpetit 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 his public defense of a political killing as tyrannicide; Pierre Petit (1598-1677), French mathematician; and Pierre Petit (1617-1687)...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Montpetit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Montpetit family

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Montpetit (post 1700)

  • Jacques Montpetit (b. 1962), Canadian professional hockey player
  • Alain Montpetit (1950-1987), Canadian television and radio personality in Quebec
  • Pascale Montpetit (b. 1961), French Canadian actress
  • Édouard Montpetit (1881-1954), Canadian Quebec lawyer, economist and academic

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