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  • Rev. Charles Pettigrew (1744 - 1807)
    Charles Pettigrew (20 Mar. 1744-8 Apr. 1807), clergyman, planter, and educator, was born on the Pennsylvania frontier, the sixth of eleven children and the third son of James and Mary Cochran Pettigr...
  • Lt. James Pettigrew (1756 - 1793)
    DAR Ancestor #: A089862 Service: PENNSYLVANIA Rank: LIEUTENANT Birth: 1756 SCOTLAND Death: 10-15-1793 EASTON PENNSYLVANIA Service Description: 1) 2ND REGT
  • James Pettigrew (Rev. War soldier) (1760 - 1841)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor # A089866
  • James Louis Pettigrew, III (1713 - 1784)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A089849 James Pettigrew left a will, dated December 18, 1784, in Ninety Sixth District, South Carolina. Witnesses were Handy Ha...
  • James Louis Petigru (1789 - 1863)
    "James Louis Petigru (May 10, 1789-March 9, 1863) was a lawyer, politician, and jurist in South Carolina. He is best known for his service as the state's Attorney General, his juridical work that playe...

About the Pettigrew surname

Scottish (of Norman origin): probably a nickname for a small man, from Old French petit ‘little’, ‘small’ + cru ‘growth’ (past participle of creistre ‘to grow, increase’). Another possible explanation is that it is a nickname for a man with long thin legs, from Old French pie de grue ‘crane’s foot’. The surname is also established in Ireland, having been taken there first by Scottish settlers, and then also by Huguenots who went to County Tyrone in the 17th century.

Recorded in the spellings of Pettegre, Petegre, Pettigrew, Petigrew, Petticrew and Petegrew, this is a Medieval 13th century English surname, but of French origins. The phrase "petit cru", meaning in this context, small person, was introduced into Britain after the 1066 Norman invasion, when French became the official language. Originally "petit cru" was used as a nickname of endearment, similar to "young son", the later surname "Youngson". Victorian researchers however concluded that "petit cru" was a nickname for a dwarf, but whilst this may have applied in a few cases, the name could hardly have achieved its level of popularity had the origin either been uncomplimentary, or so restrictive.The name is particularly well recorded in East Anglia, and all the early recordings come from this region. Examples include Roger Petitcru of Bury St Edmunds in the year 1268, John Petegrew, in the rolls known as the "Feudal Aids" for the county of Suffolk, in 1346, and Robert Pedegrewe, of the same county in the Subsidy Rolls of 1568. Thomas Pettigrew \(1791 - 1865) was an early archaeologist and senior surgeon at Charing Cross Hospital, London, in 1835. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Peticruw which was dated 1227, in the Assize Court rolls of Colchester, Essex, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman" 1216 - 1272.

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Sources:

  1. Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4