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The Pettit family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member who was a small person, or the smaller of two people with the same given name. Pettit derives from the Anglo-Norman-French word petit, meaning small.

Pettit Early Origins



The surname Pettit was first found in Kent. The Petet variant is most interesting. "This family are known to have flourished at Ardevors, co. Cornwall, as early as the time of Henry I., and to have had a succession of six knights. The name was anciently written De Petyt, and it must therefore be local." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Pettit Spelling Variations


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Pettit Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pettit include Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.

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Pettit Early History


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Pettit Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettit research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Pettit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettit Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Alexander Petit, also known as Alexander de Balscot, (died 1400), an English-born, leading Irish cleric of the late fourteenth century, holding the offices of Bishop of Ossory, Bishop of Meath...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettit In Ireland


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Pettit In Ireland



Some of the Pettit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pettits to arrive on North American shores:

Pettit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Pettit settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anne Pettit, who came to Salem in 1630
  • Richard Pettit, who was on record in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Pettit settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Rich Pettit, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

Pettit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Pettit, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Jonathan Pettit, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1759

Pettit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Pettit, who came to Philadelphia in 1801
  • Patrick Pettit, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1812
  • Bernard Pettit, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Thomas Pettit, who landed in New York in 1836
  • U S Pettit, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pettit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Pettit, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mr. Charles Pettit U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel Pettit U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Charles Pettit U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Pettit U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pettit Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Pettit, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Pettit Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Pettit, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Frederick Pettit arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • John Pettit arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • James Pettit, aged 27, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

Pettit Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Pettit, aged 26, a bricklayer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Mary Anne Pettit, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Mary Maze Pettit, aged 5, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Carter Pettit, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • George Pettit, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettit (post 1700)



  • William Thomas "Tom" Pettit (1931-1995), American journalist and NBC television news correspondent during the 1960s through to 1995
  • Robert Lee Pettit (1906-1941), American Naval Radioman First Class killed in action, posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, eponym of the USS Pettit (DE-253), an Edsall-class destroyer escort
  • Jane Bradley Pettit (1918-2001), American philanthropist, daughter of Harry Lynde Bradley, co-founder of Allen-Bradley, she donated more than $250 million during her lifetime
  • Charles Pettit (1736-1806), American lawyer, merchant and politician; he served as a delegate for Pennsylvania to the Confederation Congress from 1785 to 1787
  • Albert W. Pettit (1930-1997), American politician, Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1993-1997)
  • Robert Lee "Bob" Pettit Jr. (b. 1932), retired American professional NBA basketball player who played from 1954 to 1965
  • Donald Roy Pettit (b. 1955), American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut with over 176 days in space
  • John Tanner Pettit, American consultant in information processing
  • John Pettit, American finance consultant
  • Lloyd Pettit, American sportscaster in Chicago and Milwaukee
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Pettit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettit 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.

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