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Etymology of the "Petta" name
Posted by: Joseph E. Petta Date: April 17, 2001 at 07:50:42
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Now that it's virtually certain the Petta surname can be traced to Albania/Greece, I am curious to know how the actual formation of the name came to be. From what research I have done, it seems that the root of the name might be from the Latin "pet," meaning "stone," and that "pet-ta" might be suggestive of "steep stone," which seems to be associated with the mountain regions of Albania from which the family originates. I am curious if anyone knows anything further about the etymology.

I am also interested in tracing migratory patterns of the family here in the U.S. My immediate family comes from NY. I am the only NJ Petta from my family. It would also be helpful to know if these migrations coincided with any modifications to the name.

I appreciate anyone's insight and time given to my inquiries. Feel free to send me any related messages.


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