Petitt Family History

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Petitt Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Petit.

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

Similar surnames: Pettitt, Pettit, Petit, Petite, Jewitt, Levitt, Pettet, Petty

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Petitt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Petitt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Petitt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Petitt Family Origin

Where is the Petitt family from?

Petitt Family Occupations

What did your Petitt ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Petitt. The most common Petitt occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Petitt's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Petitt family was Cooper.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Cooper


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Petitt ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Petitt Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Petitt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petitt 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 574 immigration records available for the last name Petitt. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Petitt. For the veterans among your Petitt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Petitt Life Expectancy

What is the average Petitt lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Petitt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Petitt in 1944 was 26, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Petitt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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