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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage French

Meaning & History

Means "little Jean" from Old French petit "small" and the given name Jean 1, originally a nickname for a small man called Jean (or applied ironically to a large man), or a distinguishing epithet for the younger of two men named Jean.

Compare the English equivalent Littlejohn.
Added 4/13/2016 by cutenose
Edited 4/29/2024 by Mike C and SeaHorse15