The ancestors of the Milett family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Buckinghamshire
. The name, however, is reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Miall, Normandy
. Alternatively, the name could have been a " metonymic occupational
name for a grower or seller of millet or panic grass, from the Old French word 'milium' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Milett family
The surname Milett was first found in various counties and shires throughout Britain as seen in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273: Roger Millot in Nottinghamshire; and John Milot in Huntingdonshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 lists: Willelmus Melot; Johannes Millot; Matilda Millot; and Rogerus Millotson. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The History and Antiquities of North Durham
, by Rev. James Raine in 1852 lists the following family in Durham: John Mylote in 1380; William Melot in 1433; and Robert Millot in 1512.
Early History of the Milett family
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Milett Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Milett were recorded, including Millet, Millett and others.
Early Notables of the Milett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Milett family to Ireland
Some of the Milett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Milett family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Milett arrived in North America very early: Francis Millet, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Richard Millet, who came to Boston in 1630; Thomas Millet and his wife Maria, who settled in New England