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The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Flatt family. They lived in Flet, a place-name found in the Orkney Islands. This was probably derived from the Old Norse word flötr, which meant "stretch of arable land."

Flatt Early Origins



The surname Flatt was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. They derived their name from the village of Flett in the parish of Delting in the Shetland Islands. The name is mentioned in the early Viking sagas, and was one of the most prominent names mentioned in those sagas.

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Flatt Spelling Variations


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Flatt Spelling Variations



Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Flatt include Flet, Flett, Fletts, Flait and others.

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Flatt Early History


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Flatt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flatt research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1480, 1509, 1516, and 1665 are included under the topic Early Flatt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Flatt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Flatt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Flatt 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



Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Flatt or a variant listed above, including:

Flatt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Flatt, aged 25, landed in Carolina in 1774

Flatt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Flatt landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836

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Contemporary Notables of the name Flatt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Flatt (post 1700)



  • Mike Flatt, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1960
  • Anna Flatt, American Republican politician, Chair of Carter County Republican Party, 2014
  • Rachael Elizabeth Flatt (b. 1992), American figure skater
  • Matthew Flatt, American computer scientist
  • Lester Raymond Flatt (1914-1979), American bluegrass musician and guitarist and mandolinist, best known for his work with banjo picker Earl Scruggs in the The Foggy Mountain Boys ("Flatt and Scruggs") and for their "The Ballad of Jed Clampett", theme music for The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Johann Friedrich Flatt (1759-1821), German theologian and philosopher
  • John Ira Flatt (b. 1834), Canadian Ontario farmer, merchant and political figure
  • The Very Rev Roy Francis Ferguson Flatt (1947-2011), English clergyman, Dean of Argyll and The Isles (1999-2005)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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    The Flatt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flatt 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 13 October 2015 at 11:55.

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