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The name Atlas is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in Kent, where they held a family seat at Lee's Court. The original form of this name was atte Lee, which became modified to the shorter form Atlas.

Atlas Early Origins



The surname Atlas was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Atlas Spelling Variations


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Atlas Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Atlas were recorded, including Atlee, Attley, Attlie, Atleigh, Atley, Atleys and others.

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Atlas Early History


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Atlas Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atlas research. Another 298 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1258 is included under the topic Early Atlas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Atlas Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Atlas Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Atlas 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Atlas family emigrate to North America: William Atlee, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1744, and descended was Walter Franklin Atlee related to Benjamin Franklin, also of Philadelphia.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Atlas (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Atlas (post 1700)



  • David Atlas (1924-2015), American meteorologist, a pioneer of radar meteorology, professor at the University of Chicago and National Center for Atmospheric Research, he held 22 patents and published more than 260 papers
  • Tony Atlas (b. 1954), ring name of Anthony White, an American bodybuilder, powerlifter, and professional wrestler
  • Theodore A. "Teddy" Atlas Jr. (b. 1956), American boxing trainer and fight commentator
  • James Atlas (b. 1949), American Rhodes Scholar, president of Atlas & Company, publishers, and founding editor of the Penguin Lives Series
  • Charles Atlas (1893-1972), born Angelo Siciliano, Italian-born, American bodybuilder who developed his body from that of a "scrawny weakling," founder of Charles Atlas Ltd., in 1929 which continues to market fitness programs
  • Robert Atlas, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 2nd District, 1972
  • Nicholas Atlas (b. 1903), American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 14th District, 1930; Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 1st District, 1957
  • Nancy Friedman Atlas (b. 1949), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, 1995-
  • Morris Atlas (b. 1926), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1968, 1972; Chair of Hidalgo County Democratic Party, 1968-80
  • Natacha Atlas (b. 1964), Belgian singer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    11. ...

    The Atlas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atlas 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.

    This page was last modified on 18 May 2016 at 17:49.

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