The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought many new words to England
from which surnames were formed. Pettite was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, 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,
Early Origins of the Pettite family
The surname Pettite 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." 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 Pettite family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettite research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Pettite History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pettite Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Pettite 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... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettite Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pettite family to Ireland
Some of the Pettite 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.
Migration of the Pettite family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pettite or a variant listed above:
Pettite Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Pettite, who landed in Virginia in 1703 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)