Pettie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pettie is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a small person. The surname Pettie 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 Pettie family

The surname Pettie 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.

Early History of the Pettie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettie 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 Pettie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pettie Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Pettie has undergone many spelling variations, including Pettey, Petty, Pettie, Pety, Petie and others.

Early Notables of the Pettie 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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Ireland Migration of the Pettie family to Ireland

Some of the Pettie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pettie migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pettie were among those contributors:

Pettie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Pettie, aged 21, who arrived in Barbados in 1683 [1]
  • John Pettie, who landed in America in 1685
  • John Pettie, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]

New Zealand Pettie migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pettie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Pettie, aged 20, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Pettie (post 1700) +

  • Darren Pettie, American actor, known for his work in Ghost Town (2008), The International (2009) and Approaching Union Square (2006)
  • John Pettie RA (1839-1893), Scottish painter from Edinburgh, Member of the Royal Academy in 1866
  • James "Seaweed" Pettie (b. 1953), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player who played 21 games for the Boston Bruins (1976-1978)

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook
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