The name Petytt comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for 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 Petytt family
The surname Petytt 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 Petytt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petytt research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1641 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Petytt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Petytt Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pettit, Petit, Petitt, Petet and others.
Early Notables of the Petytt 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 Petytt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Petytt family to Ireland
Some of the Petytt 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 Petytt family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Petytt or a variant listed above were: 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.