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".
Early Origins of the Pettett family
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.
Early History of the Pettett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettett research.Another 170 words (12 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.
Pettett 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.
Early Notables of the Pettett family (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 his public defense of a political killing as tyrannicide; Pierre Petit (1598-1677), French mathematician; and Pierre Petit (1617-1687)... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pettett family to the New World and Oceana
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, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- Mary A. Pettett, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
- George Pettett, aged 4 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
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