The origins of the name late are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Lettice,
a popular girls name in medieval times. This personal name
was originally derived from the Latin laetitia,
which means gladness and joy.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the late family
The surname late was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Lett, before the taking of the Domesday Book
Early History of the late family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our late research.Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1273 are included under the topic Early late History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
late Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the late family name include Lett, Layt, Laite, Layte, Let, Lete, Latt, Leyt, Letts, Lettson and many more.
Early Notables of the late family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the late family to Ireland
Some of the late family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 184 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the late family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the late surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
late Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Late, who arrived in America in 1777-1783 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)
late Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Edward Late, aged 17, a plate layer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874