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Millett is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Millett family lived in Buckinghamshire. The name, however, is reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England 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' " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)


Millett Early Origins



The surname Millett 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. [2]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.

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Millett Spelling Variations


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Millett Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Millett include Millet, Millett and others.

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Millett Early History


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Millett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millett research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Millett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Millett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Millett Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Millett In Ireland


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Millett In Ireland



Some of the Millett 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Milletts to arrive on North American shores:

Millett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Frances Millett, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Henry Millett, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Ralph Millett, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • William Millett, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • John Millett, who landed in Maryland in 1665

Millett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Millett settled in Boston in 1768

Millett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mathew Millett, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • Bartholomew Millett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Millett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Nathaniel Millett, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Millett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Millett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Millett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Millett (post 1700)



  • John David Millett (1912-1993), the 16th president of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio
  • Arthur Millett (1874-1952), early American silent film motion picture actor
  • Lewis Lee Millett Sr. (1920-2009), United States Army officer who received the Medal of Honor
  • Larry Millett (b. 1947), American journalist and author
  • Robert Millett, American politician, Mayor of Rock Island, Illinois, 1985-89
  • Lewis H. Millett, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District, 1905
  • James M. Millett (b. 1869), American Democrat politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 20th District, 1915-28; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Minnesota 3rd District, 1920
  • George Millett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1912
  • Frank L. Millett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1904
  • E. P. Millett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1896
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Millett Historic Events


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Millett Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. John Morton Millett (b. 1958), American Sergeant from Idyllwild, California, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. 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).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  11. ...

The Millett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Millett 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.

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