Pettey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Pettey is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a small person. The surname Pettey originally derived from the Old French word Petit which referred to small or tiny. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Pettey family
The surname Pettey was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Ilmington conjecturally descended from the land holder recorded in the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 A.D., as being held by Alric the pre-conquest holder from Robert of Stafford.
Important Dates for the Pettey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettey research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1296, 1395, 1382, 1623, 1583, 1639, 1628, 1629, 1621, 1661, 1660, 1623, 1687, 1548, 1589, 1566 and 1567 are included under the topic Early Pettey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pettey Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pettey has appeared include Pettey, Petty, Pettie, Pety, Petie and others.
Early Notables of the Pettey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Maximilian Petty (c 1583-1639), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1628 to 1629; Edmund Petty (c. 1621-1661), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660; and Sir William Petty FRS (1623-1687)...
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Migration of the Pettey family to Ireland
Some of the Pettey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Pettey migration to the United States
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pettey arrived in North America very early:
Pettey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Pettey who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
- Ann Pettey, who settled in Maryland in 1740
Pettey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- J E Pettey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 
Pettey migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pettey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ebenezer Pettey, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Contemporary Notables of the name Pettey (post 1700)
- Pat Pettey, American Democratic politician, Member of the Kansas Senate (2013-)
- Philip Edward Pettey (b. 1961), former American NFL football guard from Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Kyle Pettey, Canadian two-time silver and bronze medalist Paralympian athlete
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)