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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pettett family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Pettett is a nickname type of surname for a person of small stature, having derived from the Old French word "petit," meaning "small" or "little."

Pettett Early Origins



The surname Pettett was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this distinguished family held a family seat at Bressey, where Antoine Petit was a knight of arms in the year 1353. They were also seated at Lavaux. They were strongly associated with the region of Champagne on the northern border of Bourgogne in eastern France. The first record in Bourgogne is at the seigneurie of Villiers-Sur-Suize where they held a family seat several centuries before the 15th century. In the 15th century Guyot Petit was Lord of the manor of Chaumont and a Lieutenant in the government of Nogent. This main stem of the family eventually emerged as the Barons Mathault.

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Pettett Spelling Variations


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Pettett Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Pettit, Petit, Petite, Petites, Pettitt, Petitt, Pessit, Du Pettit, Du Petitt, Du Petit, Le Petitt, Le Pettit and many more.

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Pettett Early History


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Pettett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettett research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1598, 1674, 1677, 1688, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Pettett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Petit (Jehan Petit, John Parvus) ( c. 1360-1411), a French theologian and professor in the University of Paris, is known for...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pettett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James William Pettett, aged 28, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Mary A. Pettett, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • George Pettett, aged 4 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettett (post 1700)



  • William Henry Pettett Pettett (d. 1871), who sometimes spelt his name Pettet, Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Legislative Council

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    8. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
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    The Pettett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettett 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 October 2014 at 08:24.

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