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Pettit Name Meaning

English (mainly southeastern): variant of Petit .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Pettitt, Pettet, Petit, Petitt, Pettie, Pettett, Pettey, Petty, Pett

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Where is the Pettit family from?

You can see how Pettit families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pettit family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pettit families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 112 Pettit families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Pettit's in USA. New York had the highest population of Pettit families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pettit surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pettit ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Pettit. 16% of Pettit men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Pettit women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pettit were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Pettit. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettit census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Pettit. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Pettit. For the veterans among your Pettit ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pettit lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pettit life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pettit in 1944 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

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