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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Pettitt family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Pettitt is a nickname type of surname for a person of small stature, having derived from the Old French word "petit," meaning "small" or "little."

Pettitt Early Origins



The surname Pettitt was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this distinguished family held a family seat at Bressey, where Antoine Petit was a knight of arms in the year 1353. They were also seated at Lavaux. They were strongly associated with the region of Champagne on the northern border of Bourgogne in eastern France. The first record in Bourgogne is at the seigneurie of Villiers-Sur-Suize where they held a family seat several centuries before the 15th century. In the 15th century Guyot Petit was Lord of the manor of Chaumont and a Lieutenant in the government of Nogent. This main stem of the family eventually emerged as the Barons Mathault.

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Pettitt Spelling Variations


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Pettitt Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Pettit, Petit, Petite, Petites, Pettitt, Petitt, Pessit, Du Pettit, Du Petitt, Du Petit, Le Petitt, Le Pettit and many more.

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Pettitt Early History


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Pettitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pettitt research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1598, 1674, 1677, 1688, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Pettitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pettitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pettitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Petit (Jehan Petit, John Parvus) ( c. 1360-1411), a French theologian and professor in the University of Paris, is known for...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pettitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pettitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Pettitt, who arrived in New England in 1639
  • John Pettitt, who landed in South Carolina in 1676

Pettitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Pettitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Heather Pettitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  • Edwin W Pettitt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Pettitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Pettitt, aged 42, a plumber, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Frances Pettitt, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Alice Pettitt, aged 12, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pettitt (post 1700)



  • Louise Pettitt (1918-2006), born Florence Louise Staples, one of the first American female opera conductors
  • Peggy Pettitt (b. 1950), African American actress, dancer, teacher, playwright and storyteller
  • Tom Pettitt (1859-1859), English-born, American tennis world champion from 1885 to 1890, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1982
  • Ellen Pettitt (b. 1986), Australian high jumper at the 2003 World Youth Championships and at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • John Alexander Pettitt (1910-1977), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Hume (1963-1972)
  • Dave Pettitt (b. 1972), Canadian voice actor in commercials and on television
  • Henry Alfred Pettitt (1848-1893), British actor and dramatist

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Pettitt Family Crest Products


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Other References

  1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
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The Pettitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pettitt 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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