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Early Origins of the Pettijohn family

The surname Pettijohn was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1327 when John Petijohan held estates in that county.

Early History of the Pettijohn family

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Pettijohn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pettijohn, Petijohn, Pettyjohn, Petyjohn, Pettejohn and many more.

Early Notables of the Pettijohn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pettijohn family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Pettijohn (post 1700) +

  • David Pettijohn, American Primetime Emmy Award winning sound editor, known for his work on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Romancing the Stone (1984) and Day of the Dead (1985)
  • Sonny Pettijohn, American assistant editor, known for The Green Mile (1999), Back to the Future (1985) and Mystic River (2003)
  • LaDonna Pettijohn (b. 1973), American actress, known for Scalene (2011), Wings for Maggie Ray (2012) and Witches of East End (2013)
  • Maynard C. "Duke" Pettijohn (b. 1977), American Arena football defensive lineman
  • Francis John Pettijohn (1904-1999), American geologist on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University, awarded the Penrose Medal from the Geological Society of America in 1975 on Facebook