Petre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The earliest origins of the Petre surname lie with the name of an ancestor. The name is derived from the personal name Peter. This is derived from the Latin name Petrus, which in turn comes from the Greek name Petros. The word "petros" means "rock" or "stone." Peter was an extremely popular personal name in medieval Europe since it was the name conferred by Christ upon the apostle Simon bar Jonah. He became St. Peter and is regarded as the founding figure of the Christian Church.
Early Origins of the Petre family
The surname Petre was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Petre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petre research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1603, 1549, 1613, 1598, 1660, 1631, 1699, 1505, 1572, 1626, 1684, 1633, 1706, 1688, 1689 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Petre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petre Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Peters, Peter, Petre, Petry and others.
Early Notables of the Petre family (pre 1700)
Prominent in the family at this time was John Petre, 1st Baron Petre (1549-1613), Lord-Lieutenant of Essex; Hugh Peters (or Peter) (1598-1660), an English preacher in Essex; Edward Petre (1631-1699), English Jesuit and privy councillor, a close adviser to King James II...
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In France, the name Petre is the 3,149th most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. 
| Petre migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Petre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Petre, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 
Petre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Petre, aged 22, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 
- Jacob Petre, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 
- John William Petre, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776 
Petre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Johann Petre, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 
- Henry Petre, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1882 
| Petre migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Petre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Petre, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 14th August 1827, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
| Petre 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:
Petre Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Henry Petre, aged 19, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- Hon. Henry Petre, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Port Nicholson, Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1840 
- Hon. Henry. W. Petre, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months 
- Mrs. Petre, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Petre (post 1700) ||+|
- Joseph William Lionel Petre (1914-1989), 17th Baron Petre, English peer
- John Patrick Lionel Petre (b. 1942), 18th Baron Petre, English peer
- Lionel George Carroll Petre (1890-1915), 16th Baron Petre, English peer
- Philip Benedict Joseph Petre (1864-1908), 15th Baron Petre, English peer
- William Joseph Petre (1847-1893), 13th Baron Petre, English peer
- William Bernard Petre (1817-1884), 12th Baron Petre, English peer
- William Henry Francis Petre (1793-1850), 11th Baron Petre, English peer
- Robert Edward Petre (1763-1809), 10th Baron Petre, English peer
- Robert Edward Petre (1742-1801), 9th Baron Petre, English peer
- Robert James Petre (1713-1742), 8th Baron Petre, English peer
- ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sans Dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God, nothing.
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/florentia
- New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html