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Powtey is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a small person. The surname Powtey originally derived from the Old French word Petit which referred to small or tiny. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Powtey Early Origins



The surname Powtey was first found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Ilmington conjecturally descended from the land holder recorded in the Domesday Book survey taken in 1086 A.D., as being held by Alric the pre-conquest holder from Robert of Stafford.

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Powtey Early History


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Powtey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Powtey research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1296, 1395, 1382, 1623, 1583, 1639, 1628, 1629, 1621, 1661, 1660, 1623 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Powtey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Powtey Spelling Variations


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Powtey Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Powtey were recorded, including Pettey, Petty, Pettie, Pety, Petie and others.

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Powtey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Powtey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Maximilian Petty (c 1583-1639), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1628 to 1629; Edmund Petty (c. 1621-1661), an English lawyer...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Powtey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Powtey In Ireland


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Powtey In Ireland



Some of the Powtey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Powtey family emigrate to North America: James Pettey who settled in New Hampshire in 1718; Ann Pettey settled in Maryland in 1740; John Pettie landed in America in 1685; Sir William Petty settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.

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