Petherick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Petherick surname name comes from the Cornish for "son of Patrick" or "son of Petroc."

Early Origins of the Petherick family

The surname Petherick was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Little Petherick in Truro. Cornwall was a land set apart, a land of mystique and quaint customs, more strongly related to Brittany and Wales than to England. It was not until the 10th century that they submitted to the Saxon rule of England. Since then, their influence has moved east into Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The first record of this name was found in 1547 when John Pethroke held the estates.

Early History of the Petherick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petherick research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1790 is included under the topic Early Petherick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Petherick Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Petherick, Pethrick, Petheridge, Pethridge, Pethybridge, Pethibridge, Pethbridge, Pethic and many more.

Early Notables of the Petherick family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Petherick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Petherick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Petherick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Petherick, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • James Petherick, aged 37, a builder, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Augustus Petherick, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Frederick G. Petherick, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • James Petherick, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Petherick (post 1700) +

  • Maurice Petherick (1894-1985), English politician, Member of Policy, and High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1957
  • Peter James Petherick (1942-2015), New Zealand in six-time Test cricket player who played between October 1976 and March 1977
  • Rosa Clementina Petherick (1871-1931), British book illustrator
  • Richard Petherick (b. 1986), New Zealand field hockey player
  • Edward Augustus Petherick (1847-1917), Australian book collector, whose collection became an integral part of the Commonwealth National Library
  • John Petherick (1813-1882), Welsh mining engineer and traveler in East Central


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