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Petty Family History

Petty Name Meaning

English: variant of Petit . The name is also found in Ireland the main branch there having been established in County Kerry in the 17th century by Sir William Petty.

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

Similar surnames: Pettey, Perry, Pett, Pettys, Pettay, Betty, Setty, Petts, Patty

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Where is the Petty family from?

You can see how Petty families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Petty family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Petty families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 69 Petty families living in Tennessee. This was about 15% of all the recorded Petty's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Petty families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Petty surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Petty ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Petty. 20% of Petty men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Petty women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Petty were Salesman and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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What Petty family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 188,000 census records available for the last name Petty. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Petty census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Petty. 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 Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Petty. For the veterans among your Petty ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Petty lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Petty life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Petty in 1940 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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