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The earliest origins of the Pratt surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a trickster; for a practical joker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prętt,
which meant "a trick" or alternatively "cunning and astute." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Nickname
surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event. It is possible that the name was given to the original bearer as the result of a particularly brilliant and wildly successful practical joke.
The surname Pratt was first found in Essex
but the name originally comes from Normandy
where it is derived from the place name Pratum, or Pré, near Lisieux where Duke Richard gave lands to Fontanelles Abbey in 1024. Again in Normandy
, Richard and Robert de Prato were listed in 1198 but another branch of the family were found in Essex
in 1199 where Roger de Prato was listed at that time. Hervery de Prato was King John's "faithful knight" in 1200 and Rouen Castle was given to his brother for his services. 
We draw the reader's attention to the church in the parish of Ryston in Norfolk
. "The church is chiefly in the decorated English style, and contains numerous monuments to the Pratt family, including one to Lady Pratt, whose figure, in a reclining posture, is beautifully sculptured in white marble." 
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pratt are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pratt include: Pratt, Pratte, Prat and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pratt research. Another 359 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1497, 1573, 1615, 1620, 1684, 1664, 1667, 1714, 1766, 1786, 1759, 1840, 1795, 1798, 1812 and are included under the topic Early Pratt History in all our PDF Extended History products
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pratt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
Some of the Pratt family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pratt or a variant listed above:
Pratt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Phineas Pratt, who settled in Maine in 1622
- Phineas Pratt, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1622
- Isabell Pratt, who landed in Virginia in 1623
- Joshua Pratt, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623
- Isbell Pratt, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
Pratt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Peter Pratt, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Thomas Pratt, who landed in Georgia in 1735
- Cornelius Pratt, aged 25, arrived in New Jersey in 1776
- Patty Pratt, aged 17, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777
Pratt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francis Pratt, aged 57, arrived in Connecticut in 1812
- Edward Pratt, aged 32, landed in Connecticut in 1812
- Henry Pratt, aged 15, arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1821
- Alexander I Pratt, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1821
- Robert Pratt, aged 17, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1826
Pratt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Joseph Pratt, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Mr. Jacob Pratt U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
- Mr. James Pratt U.E. (b. 1763) who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he enlisted in 1778 serving in New Jersey Volunteers 1st Battalion as a Drummer, married to Ann McKenzie then Mary Allen having 10 children, he died in 1848
Pratt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Pratt, aged 33, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
- Margaret Pratt, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway
- Edward Pratt settled in King's Cove, Newfoundland in 1836
Pratt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- David Pratt, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- George Pratt, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Samuel Pratt, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Samuel Pratt, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
- William Pratt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839
Pratt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Dennis Pratt, aged 31, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- Sarah Ann Pratt, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
- William T. Pratt, aged 19, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
- J. G. Pratt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord Burleigh" in 1856
- James Pratt arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
- Betty Rosenquest Pratt (1925-2016), American amateur tennis player, co-winner at the 1956 U.S. National Championships
- Daria Pratt (1860-1938), American Olympian who won bronze for golf at the 1900 Summer Games
- Brigadier-General Don Forrester Pratt (1892-1944), American Assistant Commanding General 101st Airborne Division, North-West Europe (1942-1944)
- Major-General Henry Conger Pratt (1882-1966), American Commanding General Western Defense Command (1944-1945)
- Spencer William Pratt (b. 1983), American television personality
- Kyla Alissa Pratt (b. 1986), American actress and singer, best known for her work on Barney & Friends, Let's Stay Together, The Proud Family and many more
- Murray Fletcher Pratt (1897-1956), American writer of science fiction, fantasy and history
- Daniel Pratt (1799-1873), American industrialist, eponym of Prattville, Autauga County and Birmingham's Pratt City, Jefferson County
- Bela Lyon Pratt (1867-1917), American sculptor
- Theodore Pratt (1901-1969), American writer
- Ancestors and Descendants of Paul Pratt of New Vineyard, Maine by Joan Pratt.
- Descendants of Thomas Horton of Springfield: and Including Some Descendants of Phineas Pratt by Carl W. Fischer.
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The Pratt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pratt 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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