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Pettigrew Family History

Pettigrew Name Meaning

Scottish and English (of Norman origin): probably a nickname for an unusually small man from Anglo-Norman French petit ‘little small’ + creu ‘growth’. This surname is also established in Ireland having been taken there first by Scottish settlers and then also by Huguenots who settled in County Tyrone in the 17th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Petticrew, Pottinger, Pettibone, Pettinato, Petre, Pettie, Petite

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Where is the Pettigrew family from?

You can see how Pettigrew families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pettigrew family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pettigrew families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 101 Pettigrew families living in Ontario. This was about 39% of all the recorded Pettigrew's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Pettigrew families in 1911.
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What did your Pettigrew ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Pettigrew. 35% of Pettigrew men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Pettigrew women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pettigrew were Cultivateur and Rentire. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Rentire
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Pettigrew. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Pettigrew. For the veterans among your Pettigrew ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pettigrew lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Pettigrew life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Pettigrew in 1944 was 41, and 71 in 2004.

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