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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: Italian, Russian


The Petrovich 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. Petrovich, 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.

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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.

First found in Russia, where the name originated in early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petrovich research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1689, 1690, 1718, 1722, 1725, 1727, 1730, 1741, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Petrovich History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Petrovich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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  • Mr. Simon Petrovich (d. 1914), Croatian Third Class Passenger from Zagreb, Croatia who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914


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The Petrovich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Petrovich Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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