The ancient name Petet is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to a small person, or the smaller of two people with the same given name. Pettit
derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word petit,
Early Origins of the Petet family
The surname Petet was first found in Kent
. The Petet variant is most interesting. "This family are known to have flourished at Ardevors, co. Cornwall
, as early as the time of Henry I., and to have had a succession of six knights. The name was anciently written De Petyt, and it must therefore be local." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Petet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petet research.Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1536, 1554, 1641, 1707, 1510, 1558, 1547, 1641, 1707, 1213, 1186, 1171, 1191, 1194, 1200, 1213 and 1215 are included under the topic Early Petet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petet Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Petet were recorded, including Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Petet family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Petit, also known as Alexander de Balscot, (died 1400), an English-born, leading Irish cleric of the late fourteenth century, holding the offices of Bishop of Ossory
, Bishop of Meath, Treasurer of Ireland
and Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
Thomas Petit, Petyt or Petyte (1536-1554)... Another 120 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petet family to Ireland
Some of the Petet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 226 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petet family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Petet arrived in North America very early: Anne Pettit, who came to Salem in 1630; Richard Pettit, who was on record in Virginia in 1636; Nicholas Petit, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808; John Pettit, who came to Philadelphia in 1801.