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The rich and ancient history of the Letts family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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.

Letts Early Origins



The surname Letts 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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Letts Spelling Variations


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Letts Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Letts have been found, including Lett, Layt, Laite, Layte, Let, Lete, Latt, Leyt, Letts, Lettson and many more.

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Letts Early History


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Letts Early History



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

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Letts Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Letts Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Letts In Ireland


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Letts In Ireland



Some of the Letts 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Letts, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Letts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eliza Letts, who arrived in Virginia in 1648
  • John Letts, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Mary Letts, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Mary Letts arrived in Virginia in 1651

Letts Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Letts arrived in America in 1759

Letts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Letts, who landed in New York in 1826
  • W Letts, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Benjamin Letts from Ireland arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1862

Letts Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Jeremiah Letts, who landed in Canada in 1832

Letts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Letts arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Joseph Letts, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Stamboul"

Letts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Letts arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Emily Letts arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Minnie Letts arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Raymond Letts arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • Ralph Letts arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Letts (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Letts (post 1700)



  • Arthur Letts Sr. (1862-1923), English-born, American millionaire developer of Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California
  • Tracy Letts (b. 1965), American playwright and actor who received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Winifred Mary Letts (1882-1972), English writer
  • John Campbell Bonner Letts (1929-2006), English publisher, who founded the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum
  • Thomas Letts (1803-1873), English bookbinder and printer who popularised the diary
  • Quentin Richard Stephen Letts (b. 1963), British journalist and theatre critic
  • Dr Godfrey Alan "Goff" Letts CBE (1928-1974), Australian Majority Leader of the Northern Territory of Australia from 1974 to 1977
  • Don Letts (b. 1956), British film director and musician
  • Barry Leopold Letts (1925-2009), British actor, television director, writer and producer best known for his work on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who
  • Charles Trevor Letts, British Deputy Chairman, Lloyds of London

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Letts Historic Events


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Letts Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Gerald Arthur Letts, English 1st Class Passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Letts Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. 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).
  11. ...

The Letts Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Letts 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 November 2014 at 16:22.

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