Petrus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Petrus 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. Petrus, 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 Petrus family
The surname Petrus was first found in Russia, where the name originated in early times.
Early History of the Petrus family
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Petrus 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 Petrus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petrus 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 Petrus (post 1700) +
- Volkert Petrus Douw (1720-1801), American politician, Mayor of Albany, New York, 1761-70; Member of New York State Senate Western District, 1785-93
- Samuel Petrus Kleinschmidt (1814-1886), German /Danish missionary linguist
- Andries Petrus Treurnicht (b. 1921), South African politician
- Hendrick Petrus Berlage (1856-1934), Dutch architect and town planner, eponym of the lunar Berlage crater
- C. Petrus Peterson, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1919-20 
- Petrus Jozef Sietse "Piet" de Jong LVO, DSC (1915-2016), Dutch politician and naval officer, Minister of Defence (1963–1967), Prime Minister (1967–1971)
- Petrus Wijtse Winkel (1909-2012), Dutch colonial administrator in the Dutch East Indies
- Petrus Johannes "Piet" Keizer (1943-2017), Dutch professional football player
- Petrus Antonius Josephus Maria Steenkamp (1925-2016), Dutch politician, President of the Senate of the Netherlands (1983-1991)
- Petrus Arnoldus Crous (b. 1955), South African professional boxer, WBC Cruiserweight Champion (1984-1985)
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