Pett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Pett family

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.

Early History of the Pett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pett research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610, 1672, 1630, 1699, 1593, 1652 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Pett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Pett family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Peter Pett, (fl 1563), master-shipwright at Deptford. He was great-grandson of Thomas Pett of Skipton in Cumberland. "But Skipton is in Yorkshire, and, though some of his kin may have settled in the north, it is more probable that he belonged to the family of the name which early in the fifteenth century owned property at Pett in the parish of Stockbury in Kent. " [1] He was progenitor of the...
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United States Pett migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Mathew Pett, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [2]
  • Francis Pett, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Warwick Pett, who landed in Virginia in 1663-1664 [2]
  • Peter Pett, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]

Australia Pett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Pett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849 [3]
  • Henry Pett, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline" [4]

New Zealand Pett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Pett, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • Matilda Pett, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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
  • Thomas George "Tom" Pett (b. 1991), English professional footballer
  • Oliver Pett (b. 1988), English former professional squash player, ranked World No. 56 in October 2012
  • John Pett, British film director and producer who was active from 1954 to 1993, known for The World at War (1973), The Price of a Record (1968) and Omnibus (1967)
  • John Pett (1914-1991), Welsh artist
  • William Pett Ridge (1857-1930), English writer

The Pett 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ORATOR 1849. Retrieved from
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 26th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caroline 1855. Retrieved on Facebook
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