Pettis Family History

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Pettis Name Meaning

English: From the possessive or plural form of Middle English pytte, pitte ‘pit’, ‘hollow’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a pit, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Pett in East Sussex.

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

Similar surnames: Bettis, Petter, Peters, Petri, Gattis, Betts, Mattis, Gettig, Wettig

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Pettis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pettis name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Pettis Family Origin

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Pettis Family Occupations

What did your Pettis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Pettis family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pettis. The most common Pettis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Pettis's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Pettis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Pettis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettis 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Pettis. 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 Pettis. For the veterans among your Pettis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pettis Life Expectancy

What is the average Pettis lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Pettis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pettis in 1943 was 55, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pettis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pettis 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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