Show ContentsPetri History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Petri can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Petri came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.

Early Origins of the Petri family

The surname Petri was first found in the city of Pavia, where records are found in 1040 with Manfredi and Arizzone Pietra, feudal Lords of the territories of Pietra, Bissone, and Costa.

Early History of the Petri family

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Petri Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Petri include Pietri, Petri, Petris, Pedri, Pieri, Pero, Pierri, Pierro, Perris, Peire, Peiro, Peyro, De Pietri, De Pietro, Di Pietro, Di Pietro, De Petris, De Pero, Depero, Di Pierro, Petrich, Petric, Petrovich, Petrovic, Perich and many more.

Early Notables of the Petri family

Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was

  • Cecco di Pietro, (c. 1330-1402), Italian painter of the Pisan School, date of birth cannot be confirmed, some mention of working with the painter Paolo di Lazzarino in 1350; Francesco Petrarca, or Pet...

Petri Ranking

In the United States, the name Petri is the 11,476th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Petri is ranked the 9,128th most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Petri migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Petri:

Petri Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christ Petri, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709 [3]
  • Jacob Petri, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Johan Jacob Petri, who arrived in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Just Petri, who landed in New York in 1709 [3]
  • Gertrude Petri, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714 [3]
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Petri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maria Elisabetha Petri, who arrived in America in 1804 [3]
  • Leonhard Petri, who arrived in North America in 1837 [3]
  • Franz Anton Petri, who landed in North America in 1838 [3]
  • Nicolaus Petri, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1844 [3]
  • Mr. Joh. Hein. Petri, German who arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1845 aboard the ship "Auguste Meline"
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  3. 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) on Facebook