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Flatt Surname History



In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Flatt surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. They lived in Flet, a place-name found in the Orkney Islands. This was probably derived from the Old Norse word flötr, which meant "stretch of arable land."


Early Origins of the Flatt family


The surname Flatt was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They derived their name from the village of Flett in the parish of Delting in the Shetland Islands. The name is mentioned in the early Viking sagas, and was one of the most prominent names mentioned in those sagas.

Early History of the Flatt family


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Flatt Spelling Variations


In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Flatt has appeared as Flet, Flett, Fletts, Flait and others.

Early Notables of the Flatt family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Flatt family to the New World and Oceana


North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Flatt family in North America:

Flatt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Flatt, aged 25, who landed in Carolina in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Flatt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Flatt, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836

Contemporary Notables of the name Flatt (post 1700)


  • Lester Raymond Flatt (1914-1979), American bluegrass musician and guitarist and mandolinist, best known for his work with banjo picker Earl Scruggs in The Foggy Mountain Boys ("Flatt and Scruggs") and for their "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", theme music for The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Rachael Elizabeth Flatt (b. 1992), American figure skater
  • Matthew Flatt, American computer scientist
  • Mike Flatt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1960 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Anna Flatt, American Republican politician, Chair of Carter County Republican Party, 2014 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Johann Friedrich Flatt (1759-1821), German theologian and philosopher
  • John Ira Flatt (b. 1834), Canadian Ontario farmer, merchant and political figure
  • The Very Rev Roy Francis Ferguson Flatt (1947-2011), English clergyman, Dean of Argyll and The Isles (1999-2005)

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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