Allatt is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Allatt 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 Allatt family
The surname Allatt 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 Allatt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Allatt research.Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1212, 1273, 1286, 1332, 1379, 1581, 1587, 1591, 1707, 1750, and 1781 are included under the topic Early Allatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Allatt Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled 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 Allatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Allatt family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Allatt or a variant listed above were: 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.