6,215 PETIT members around the world
Stay informed about PETIT Family online & offline events!
See one of our recent Ireland101 Tribe Gatherings
PETIT Family HistoryThis most interesting surname is of Old French origin, and was a nickname given to a small person or to the younger of two bearers of the same given name, from the Old French "petit", small. In the modern idiom the name is found as Petit, Petyt, Pettit, Pettet, Petty and Pettie in England, while in France it is cognate with Petit, Lepetit and Petelin. The creation of surnames from nicknames was a common practice in the Middle Ages, and many modern-day surnames, as above, derive from medieval nicknames referring to personal characteristics, as in this instance "the small one". The surname itself is first recorded in Hampshire, in the Domesday Book of 1086 (see below), and was probably introduced into England in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest of 1066...
Who have we missed?
Tell us about any famous PETIT (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Join the conversation with the PETIT tribe
- Find your PETIT ancestor
- Tell us about your PETIT Family
- Tell us about your PETIT ancestors
- Ask a question about the PETIT history
- Leave a message for PETIT family members
Invite more PETIT family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the PETIT tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest
Discover about where the PETIT live around the world
Explore where tribe members live today!