Pettit Family History

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Pettit Name Meaning

English (especially southeastern): variant spelling of Petit.

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

Similar surnames: Pettitt, Pettet, Petit, Petitt, Pettie, Pettett, Pettey, Petty, Pett

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Pettit Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pettit name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Pettit Family Origin

Where is the Pettit family from?

Pettit Family Occupations

What did your Pettit ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Pettit Historical Records

What Pettit family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Pettit. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettit 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 Pettit. 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 24,000 military records available for the last name Pettit. For the veterans among your Pettit ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pettit Life Expectancy

What is the average Pettit lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pettit life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pettit in 1944 was 30, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Pettit

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pettit 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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