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Pettis Family History

Pettis Name Meaning
English: From the possessive or plural form of Middle English pytte, pitte ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pett in East Sussex.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

147,430 Historical Documents with Pettis on Ancestry.com
34,362 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
5,813 Military Records
1,124 Immigration Records
28,839 Census and Voter Lists
77,292 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Pettis Families

  • Number of Pettis families
     35 - 68
     12 - 34
     1 - 11
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Pettis families
     10 - 18
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Sorry, we couldn't find geographic distribution information for the Pettis last name
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Pettis Family Origin

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Pettis Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Pettis

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Pettis Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Pettis Civil War Service Records

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