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Where did the Scottish Scarlet family come from? What is the Scottish Scarlet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Scarlet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Scarlet family history?The origins the old family name Scarlet can be found within medieval Scotland. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Scotland, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Scarlet family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Scarlet was an occupational name for a person who dyed bright fabrics. Interestingly, the name Scarlet was derived from the Old French word "escarlet," meaning "scarlet," and indicating one of the bright colors in which the bearer dealt.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Scarlett, Scarlet, Scarlot, Scarlott and others.
First found in Essex, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy. Undoubtedly, one of the most famous records of the the name was Will Scarlet, (Scarlett, Scarlock, Scadlock, Scatheloke, and Scathelocke) a prominent member of Robin Hood's Merry Men who first appeared in the oldest surviving Robin Hood ballad, A Gest of Robyn Hode, printed between 1492 and 1534.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scarlet research. Another 207 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 130 and 1307 are included under the topic Early Scarlet History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Scarlet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Scarlet Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Scarlet Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Scarlet Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Scarlet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scarlet Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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