Pettus Family History

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Pettus Name Meaning

English: variant of Pettis.

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

Similar surnames: Petts, Pettys, Petty, Pettit, Pettet, Pett, Pettis, Bettes, Pettey

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Pettus Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pettus name?

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


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Pettus Family Origin

Where is the Pettus family from?

Pettus Family Occupations

What did your Pettus ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


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

Pettus Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Pettus. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pettus 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 975 immigration records available for the last name Pettus. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Pettus. For the veterans among your Pettus ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pettus Life Expectancy

What is the average Pettus lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pettus life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Pettus in 1942 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pettus 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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