Petrov History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Petrov surname comes from the Russian version of the given name Peter. The name was probably first derived from the Greek "petros," meaning "rock." This name was extremely popular throughout Christian Europe, due to St. Peter. Petrov, or any variants of this name ending in "ov/ev" were Patronymic surnames, meaning "son of Peter," created by adding the suffix to the personal name.

Early Origins of the Petrov family

The surname Petrov was first found in Russia, where the name originated in early times.

Early History of the Petrov family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petrov research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1690, 1718, 1722, 1725, 1727, 1730, 1741, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Petrov History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Petrov Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Petrov, Petroff, Petrakov, Petrachkov, Petrashkov, Petrashov, Petrischev, Petryashov, Petrunkin, Petraev, Petichev, Petruichev, Petinov, Petugin, Petyakov, Petyankin and many more.

Early Notables of the Petrov family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Petrov family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: P. Petrovits, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851; and Anton Petrinovich, who arrived in New York city in 1871.


Contemporary Notables of the name Petrov (post 1700) +

  • Vladimir Vladimirovich Petrov (1947-2017), Russian Soviet two-time gold medalist ice hockey player
  • Vasily Ivanovich Petrov (1917-2014), senior Russian military official and Marshal of the Soviet Union
  • Aleksandr Petrov, Russian animator
  • Nikolai Petrov, Russian pianist who founded the Nikolai Petrov International Philanthropic Foundation
  • Valeri Petrov, Bulgarian poet
  • Stilian Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Ivan Yefimovich Petrov (1896-1958), Russian and Soviet commander
  • Alexei Zinovievich Petrov, Russian physicist and mathematician
  • Alexander Petrov, Russian chess master who is best known for his "The Retreat of Napoleon I from Moscow"
  • Josip Petrov Babich (1895-1983), Croatian-born, New Zealand gum-digger, wine-maker and farmer


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