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The Lett name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Lett 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.

Lett Early Origins



The surname Lett 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 in 1086.

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Lett Spelling Variations


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Lett 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 Lett were recorded, including Lett, Layt, Laite, Layte, Let, Lete, Latt, Leyt, Letts, Lettson and many more.

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Lett Early History


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Lett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lett research. Another 276 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Lett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lett In Ireland


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Lett In Ireland



Some of the Lett 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.

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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 Lett family emigrate to North America:

Lett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Lett arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Tho Lett, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • John, Leonard and Thomas Lett, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Leonard Lett, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Leo Lett, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Lett, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Lett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Lett, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Johannes Lett, aged 22, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • C. C. Lett arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Lett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Lett landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Harrington
  • Charles Lett, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harrington" in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lett (post 1700)



  • David Lett (1939-2008), American founder and winemaker for The Eyrie Vineyards in Oregon
  • Leon Lett (b. 1968), American former Professional Football defensive tackle
  • Brigadier Sherwood Lett (b. 1895), Head Canadian Military Mission to Vietnam (1954)
  • Sherwood Lett (1895-1964), Canadian soldier, lawyer, diplomat, and jurist
  • Evelyn Lett (1896-1999), Canadian women's rights pioneer
  • Michael Lett, Australian Rugby League player
  • Benjamin Lett, Irish-Canadian filibusterer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Lett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lett 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 7 December 2015 at 11:09.

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