The Petyt family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans
that came to England
following their Conquest of England
in 1066. The Petyt name reveals that an early member 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 Petyt family
The surname Petyt 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 Petyt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petyt research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Petyt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petyt Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Petyt family name include Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Petyt 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 Petyt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petyt family to Ireland
Some of the Petyt 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 Petyt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Petyt family to immigrate North America: Anne Pettit, who came to Salem in 1630; Richard Pettit, who was on record in Virginia in 1636; Nicholas Petit, who settled in Philadelphia in 1808; John Pettit, who came to Philadelphia in 1801.