The proud Norman name of Petiet was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for 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 Petiet family
The surname Petiet 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 Petiet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petiet research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Petiet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petiet Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Petiet have been found, including Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Petiet 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... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petiet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petiet family to Ireland
Some of the Petiet family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 59 words (4 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 Petiet family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Petiet were among those contributors: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Petiet (post 1700)
- Augustin Louis Petiet, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Augustin Petiet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html