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Where did the English Plat family come from? What is the English Plat family crest and coat of arms? When did the Plat family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Plat family history?

The Plat name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived by a small patch of land. Plat is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Plat has undergone many spelling variations, including Platt, Plat, Platte, Plait, Plate, Blatt and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plat research. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1705, 1678, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Plat History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Plat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Plat family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Plat were among those contributors:

Plat Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Plat, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard Plat, who landed in Virginia in 1622

Plat Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob Plat, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767

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  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Plat Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Plat 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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