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Pettit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French


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.


Early Origins of the Pettit family


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.

Early History of the Pettit family


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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.

Early Notables of the Pettit family (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, Treasurer of Ireland and Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Thomas Petit, Petyt or Petyte (1536-1554)...
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Migration of the Pettit family to Ireland


Some of the Pettit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pettit family to the New World and Oceana


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, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Anne Pettit, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Richard Pettit, who was on record in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Pettit, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Rich Pettit, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Pettit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joshua Pettit, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jonathan Pettit, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1759 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Pettit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Pettit, who settled in Philadelphia in 1801
  • Patrick Pettit, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Bernard Pettit, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Thomas Pettit, who landed in New York in 1836 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • U S Pettit, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
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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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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
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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 [4]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [5]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm
  • James Pettit, aged 27, a carpenter, who 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, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Mary Anne Pettit, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Mary Maze Pettit, aged 5, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • Carter Pettit, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850
  • George Pettit, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Pettit (post 1700)


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Donald Pettit. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/pettit.html
  • John Tanner Pettit, American consultant in information processing
  • John Pettit, American finance consultant
  • Lloyd Pettit, American sportscaster in Chicago and Milwaukee
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Historic Events for the Pettit family



USS Arizona

  • Mr. Charles Ross Pettit, American Chief Radioman-Permanent from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking

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Citations


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ANNA MARIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AnnaMaria.htm
  7. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Donald Pettit. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/pettit.html


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