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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.

Scarlet Early Origins



The surname Scarlet was 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.

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Scarlet Spelling Variations


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Scarlet Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Scarlett, Scarlet, Scarlot, Scarlott and others.

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Scarlet Early History


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Scarlet Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Scarlet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scarlet Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Scarlet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Scarlet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Scarlet, who arrived in New England in 1630
  • John Scarlet, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1653 [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)
  • Samuel Scarlet, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1665 [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)

Scarlet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Humphrey Scarlet, who arrived in New England in 1715 [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)

Scarlet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Scarlet, who arrived in Maryland in 1810 [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)

Scarlet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Scarlet U.E., (Scaret) who settled in Eastern District, Lancaster [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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