Petty Family History

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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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Petty Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Petty name?

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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Petty Family Origin

Where is the Petty family from?

Petty Family Occupations

What did your Petty ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Petty occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Petty's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Petty family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Petty.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Petty Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Petty Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Petty 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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