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.
Early Origins of the Pettet family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Pettet family
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Pettet Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Pettet family (pre 1700)
Ossory, Bishop of Meath...
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Migration of the Pettet family to Ireland
Some of the Pettet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pettet family to the New World and Oceana
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
Pettet Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Pettet Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Pettet (post 1700)
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