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Petitpas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, French

Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Petitpas was first found in Britina. It was a name for a person who never tired of walking or a soldier who had lost his foot in battle. The name Petitpas is an Anglicized form of the Old French word pedefer, or pied de fer, which means iron foot. The family name Petitpas was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats. They imported a vast number of Norman French personal names, which largely replaced traditional Old English personal names among the upper and middle classes.

Early Origins of the Petitpas family

The surname Petitpas was first found in Worcestershire where, they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest by William the Conqueror in 1066 A.D., where the name meant literally "Petite" and "Fere," meaning "the little wild beast," a soubriquet which has been corrupted to Pettifer, although a distant relationship has been claimed to Potiphar, the Faro's Captain of the Guard.

Early History of the Petitpas family

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Petitpas Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Petitpas are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Petitpas include Pettifer, Pettipher, Petipher, Petifer, Petiver and many more.

Early Notables of the Petitpas family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Petitpas family to the New World and Oceana

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Petitpas, or a variant listed above:

Petitpas Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Helene Petitpas, aged 22, who arrived in America from Paris, France, in 1913
  • Jules Victor Petitpas, aged 46, who arrived in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1917
  • Louis Petitpas, aged 23, who arrived in America from Cherbourg, France, in 1918
  • Valmer Petitpas, aged 19, who arrived in America, in 1921

Contemporary Notables of the name Petitpas (post 1700)

  • Georges Petitpas (1931-1983), American expert in human resource management, eponym of The Georges Petitpas Memorial Award
  • Stephen Petitpas (b. 1957), Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, "Big" Stephen Petitpas

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