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Pettitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , French


The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Pettitt family have grown. The name Pettitt was given to a member of the family 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 Pettitt family


The surname Pettitt 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 Pettitt family


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Pettitt Spelling Variations


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pettitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.

Early Notables of the Pettitt 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 Pettitt family to Ireland


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


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pettitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Pettitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

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

Pettitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Pettitt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [4]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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Frances Pettitt, aged 40, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874
  • Alice Pettitt, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

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
  • Henry Alfred Pettitt (1848-1893), British actor and dramatist from Smethwick, near Birmingham, son of Edwin Pettitt, a civil engineer, and author
  • 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

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


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