The earliest origins of the family name Petts date back to the Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as Peat.
The surname Petts was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.
Early Origins of the Petts family
The surname Petts was first found in Kent
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Petts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petts research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Petts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petts Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Petts include Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.
Early Notables of the Petts family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Peat of Aberdeen; Peter Pett, (fl 1563), the progenitor of the Pett Dynasty of shipwrights who prospered in England
between the 15th and 17th centuries; Phineas Pett... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petts family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Petts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Petts, who arrived in Maryland in 1640 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)
Petts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Petts, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sea Queen" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Petts (post 1700)
- John Petts, English former professional football player and manager, active 1954 through 1970
- John Petts (1914-1991), London-born, Welsh artist, best known for his engravings and stained glass
The Petts Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Fervent.