Parratt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Parratt is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Parratt family name comes from the name Peter. This name was a baptismal name that was originally derived from the French name Pierre and was a diminutive of the name Parrot, which means little Peter. 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. The name Parratt is also a nickname type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.
Early Origins of the Parratt family
The surname Parratt was first found in Pembrokeshire where they were granted the lands of Ystington, Haroldston, and Carew Castle in that shire by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sir Stephen Perrott married Helen, the daughter of Marchion Ap Rice, Prince of South Wales at the beginning of the 12th century. Thorp Perrot Hall is a large 18th-century country house standing in an estate on the northern edge of Snape village.
North Perrot(t) is a parish, in the union of Yeovil, hundred of Houndsborough, Berwick, and Coker, W. division of Somerset and South Perrot(t) is a parish, in the union of Beaminster, hundred of Beaminster-Forum, and Redhone, Bridport division of Dorset. 
Early History of the Parratt family
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Parratt Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Parratt has been recorded under many different variations, including Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.
Early Notables of the Parratt family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Rober Perrot (died 1550), English organist of Magdalen College, Oxford, second son of George Perrot of Harroldston, Pembrokeshire; Sir James Perrot (1571-1636), a Welsh writer and politician, Member of Parliament for Haverfordwest in 1597, (1604-1622) and (1626-1629), Custos Rotulorum of Pembrokeshire...
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Migration of the Parratt family to Ireland
Some of the Parratt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Parratt migration to the United States +
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Parratts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Parratt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Parratt, aged 36, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 
- Elizabeth Parratt, who landed in Maryland in 1659 
Parratt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Robert Parratt, aged 21, who landed in America from London, in 1897
Parratt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Lucy Parratt, aged 27, who landed in America from Kneighley, England, in 1914
- Ethel Parratt, aged 29, who settled in America from Wellington England, in 1914
- Lillian Harriot Parratt, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from British Guiana, in 1919
- Samuel Parratt, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Keighley, England, in 1920
- Nellie Parratt, aged 30, who immigrated to America from Keighley, England, in 1921
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Contemporary Notables of the name Parratt (post 1700) +
- George Watson "Peggy" Parratt (b. 1959), American professional football player who played in the "Ohio League"
- Joe Parratt, American award-winning songwriter
- Sir Walter Parratt KCVO (1841-1924), English organist and composer, Master of the Queen's Musick (Music) to Queen Victoria
- John Parratt (1859-1905), English first-class cricketer
- Tom Parratt (b. 1986), Scottish professional footballer from Inverness
- Percy Parratt (b. 1887), Australian rules footballer
Historic Events for the Parratt family +
- Mr. Albert H Parratt (b. 1902), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Farnham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking 
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The Parratt Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Amo ut invenio
Motto Translation: I love as I find
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ 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)
- ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm