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The name Pett has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was referred to as Peat. The surname Pett was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.

Pett Early Origins



The surname Pett was first found in Kent 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.

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Pett Spelling Variations


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Pett Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pett have been found, including Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.

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Pett Early History


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Pett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pett research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Pett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include John Peat of Aberdeen; Peter Pett, (fl 1563), the progenitor of the Pett Dynasty of shipwrights who prospered in England between the 15th and 17th centuries; Phineas Pett...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Pett, or a variant listed above:

Pett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Pett, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Mathew Pett, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Francis Pett, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Warwick Pett, who landed in Virginia in 1663-1664
  • Peter Pett, who arrived in Virginia in 1666

Pett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Pett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849
  • Henry Pett, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"

Pett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Pett, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Matilda Pett, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pett (post 1700)



  • Lynn F. Pett (b. 1940), American politician, mayor of Murray, Utah from 1990-1998
  • Joel W. Pett (b. 1953), American Pulitzer Prize-winning (2000) editorial cartoonist
  • John Pett (1914-1991), Welsh artist

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Motto


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Motto



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: Ardens
Motto Translation: Fervent.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    11. ...

    The Pett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pett 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 August 2013 at 13:19.

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