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

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    5%

In 1880, the most common Petit occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Petit's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Petit family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Petit.

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Petit Historical Records

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Petit Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Petit

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