Allitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Allitt was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Allitt family lived in Dorset. The original derivation of the name, however, is not related to that area, but is probably a geographical reference to some lost town, village, or parish. It is plausible that this place was in Staffordshire, as the name is extremely common in that area.

Early Origins of the Allitt family

The surname Allitt was first found in Yorkshire in eastern England, having arrived there soon after the Norman Conquest from what is now Belgium, but being of Norman origin.

Early History of the Allitt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allitt research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1212, 1273, 1273, 1286, 1332, 1379, 1581, 1587, 1707, 1750, 1781, 1591, 1590, 1579, 1600 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Allitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Allitt Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Allitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Allott, Allett, Allette, Hallott, Arlette, Arlett, Allet, Alett, Alet, Allatt, Alatt, Allat, Allatte, Allot, Allote, Alot, Alitt, Ailet, Alyet, Alletson, Aletson, Alotessone and many more.

Early Notables of the Allitt family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Allott, Lord Mayor of London in 1591, one of the highest political posts in England at that time. William Allott (d. 1590?), was an English Catholic divine. A native of Lincolnshire, he received his education in the University of Cambridge, though he does not appear to have graduated. When Queen Elizabeth came to the throne, he retired to the continent, and took up his residence at Louvain, where he studied divinity for some years...
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Allitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Allitt family

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Allitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Peter Allott who settled in Virginia in 1655; Andrew Hallet settled in Virginia in 1620; about the time of the "Mayflower," followed by Andrew Hallett in Massachusetts in 1635.



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