The surname Attree was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family name was first referenced in the year 1272 when Thomas Attree held estates in that shire. But many of the family were also found in Sussex. The name is derived from the expression "At-the-Tree." 
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Attree has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Attree, Attry, Attrie, Attry, Atree, Atry, Atrye, Attrye, Hattry, Hatry and many more.
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Attrees to arrive on North American shores:
Attree Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Fannie Attree, aged 27, originally from London, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Saint Paul" from Southampton, England
Isabella Attree, aged 38, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Southampton, England
Mabel Attree, aged 11, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Southampton, England
Alfred E. Attree, aged 23, who arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Khiva" from Plymouth London 
Sidney Attree, aged 20, originally from Dartford, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Menominee" from Tilbury Docks, London, England