Pettigrew Family History

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Pettigrew Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): probably a nickname for a small man, from Old French petit ‘little’, ‘small’ + cru ‘growth’ (past participle of creistre ‘to grow, increase’). Another possible explanation is that it is a nickname for a man with long thin legs, from Old French pie de grue ‘crane’s foot’. The surname is also established in Ireland, having been taken there first by Scottish settlers, and then also by Huguenots who went to County Tyrone in the 17th century.

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

Similar surnames: Petticrew, Pottinger, Pettibone, Pettinato, Petre, Pettie, Petite

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Pettigrew Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pettigrew. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Pettigrew Family Origin

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Pettigrew Family Occupations

What did your Pettigrew ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Pettigrew Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Pettigrew. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettigrew 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

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Draft Card

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Pettigrew. For the veterans among your Pettigrew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pettigrew Life Expectancy

What is the average Pettigrew lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pettigrew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Pettigrew in 1944 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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