Early Origins of the Pettes family
The surname Pettes was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Rackheath, held by Godric, steward of the King who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Pettes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettes research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1542, 1523, 1597, 1566, 1590, 1654, 1671, 1640, 1698, 1672, 1731, 1743, 1772, 1613, 1690, 1639, 1641, 1623 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Pettes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pettes Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pettus, Pettous, Petous, Petus, Pettous, Pettes and others.
Early Notables of the Pettes family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Pettus (1523-1597) who was Sheriff (1566) and then Mayor (1590), of the city of Norwich; Sir Thomas Pettus, 1st Baronet
(d. 1654) of Rackheath in the County of Norfolk
, High Sheriff
of Norfolk; Sir Thomas Pettus, 2nd Baronet
(d. 1671); Sir John... Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pettes family to Ireland
Some of the Pettes family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 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 Pettes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..