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The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Pettet. It was given to a small person, or the smaller of two people with the same given name. Pettit derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word petit, meaning small.

Pettet Early Origins



The surname Pettet was first found in Kent. The Petet variant is most interesting. "This family are known to have flourished at Ardevors, co. Cornwall, as early as the time of Henry I., and to have had a succession of six knights. The name was anciently written De Petyt, and it must therefore be local." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Pettet Spelling Variations


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Pettet Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.

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Pettet Early History


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Pettet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettet research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Pettet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Petit, also known as Alexander de Balscot, (died 1400), an English-born, leading Irish cleric of the late fourteenth century, holding the offices of Bishop of Ossory, Bishop of Meath...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettet In Ireland


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Pettet In Ireland



Some of the Pettet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pettet or a variant listed above:

Pettet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Pettet, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Jane Pettet, aged 43, who landed in America from London, in 1897

Pettet Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert D. Pettet, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Karl Pettet, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Marie Pettet, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Marie Pettet, aged 32, who settled in Philadelphia, U.S.A., in 1914
  • William H. Pettet, aged 18, who settled in America from London, England, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pettet Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • George Pettet, aged 31, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettet (post 1700)



  • William Varney Pettet (1858-1938), Canadian farmer and politician in Ontario who represented Prince Edward in the Canadian House of Commons from 1896 to 1900
  • Joanna Pettet (b. 1942), born Joanna Jane Salmon, former British actress, best known for her roles in Casino Royale (1967) and The Night of the Generals (1967)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. 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).
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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

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