The name Pettee comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name for a small person. The surname Pettee originally derived from the Old French word Petit
which referred to small or tiny.
A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Pettee family
The surname Pettee was first found in Warwickshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Ilmington conjecturally descended from the land holder recorded in the Domesday Book
survey taken in 1086 A.D., as being held by Alric the pre-conquest holder from Robert of Stafford.
Early History of the Pettee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettee research.Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1296, 1395, 1382, 1623, 1583, 1639, 1628, 1629, 1621, 1661, 1660, 1623, 1687, 1548, 1589, 1566 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Pettee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pettee Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Pettee has undergone many spelling variations
, including Pettey, Petty, Pettie, Pety, Petie and others.
Early Notables of the Pettee family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Maximilian Petty (c 1583-1639), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1628 to 1629; Edmund Petty (c.
1621-1661), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; and Sir William Petty FRS... Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pettee family to Ireland
Some of the Pettee family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 108 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pettee family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pettee were among those contributors: James Pettey who settled in New Hampshire
in 1718; Ann Pettey settled in Maryland in 1740; John Pettie landed in America in 1685; Sir William Petty settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.