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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage French
Pronounced Pron. PU-TEE-ZHAHN  [key]
Other Forms FormsPettyjohn, Littlejohn, Pettijohn, Jeanpetit, Meiklejohn, Pettitjean, Pettittjean, Petijean, Pettijean, Pettitjohn, Petijohn, Pettijohn, Petitjohn, Pettittjohn, Petyjohn

Meaning & History

Nickname for a small or little man, or ironically a large or tall man, derived from Old French petit meaning "small, little" combined with the given name Jean 1. It was also used to denote the younger of two individuals with the same given name.
Added 6/23/2020 by General9696
Edited 12/9/2022 by General9696