The surname Petten is a Scottish topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The Petten family lived at the manor of Patton in the English county of Shropshire
before moving north to Scotland
Early Origins of the Petten family
The surname Petten was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Petten family
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Petten Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Petten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petten family to Ireland
Some of the Petten family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Petten family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Petten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carrie Petten, aged 24, who arrived in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924
Petten Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Leah Petten, aged 18, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1903
- Carrie Petten, aged 22, who arrived in Port De Greave, Newfoundland, in 1922
- Rachael Petten, aged 22, who arrived in Conception, Newfoundland, in 1923
- Alice Petten, aged 18, who arrived in Port De Greave, Newfoundland, in 1924
- Arch Petten, aged 20, who arrived in Port De Greave, Newfoundland, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Petten (post 1700)
- John B. Van Petten, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 20th District, 1868-69 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Ray Petten (1897-1961), Newfoundland customs broker and politician, chief fundraiser for Joey Smallwood, one of the first Senators appointed to the Canadian Senate on August 17, 1949
- William John Petten (1923-1999), Newfoundland-born, Canadian politician, Senator for Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador (1968-1998)
The Petten 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: Virtute adepta
Motto Translation: Acquired by virtue