Petit Family History

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Petit Name Meaning

French, Catalan, and English (mainly Leicestershire): from Old French or Catalan petit ‘small’, hence a nickname for a small person (or an ironic nickname for a big man), or for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name. This name was common among Catalan Jews. It is also established in Ireland.

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


Similar surnames: Petito, Pett, Petre, Polit, Peris, Lett, Petty, Betit, Nett, Petite

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Petit Family Origin

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Petit Family Occupations

What did your Petit ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Petit. 18% of Petit men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Petit women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petit were Truck Driver and Housekeeper

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%

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

Petit Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 48,000 census records available for the last name Petit. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petit census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Petit. 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 Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Petit. For the veterans among your Petit ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Petit Life Expectancy

What is the average Petit lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Petit life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Petit in 1944 was 28, and 74 in 2004.

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