Early Origins of the Piatt family
The surname Piatt was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Piatt family
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Piatt Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pyott, Pyatt, Pyot, Pyat, Piatt, Piott, Pyet and many more.
Early Notables of the Piatt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Piatt family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Piatt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Reune Piatt, who arrived in New Jersey in 1680 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Piatt (post 1700)
- William M. Piatt, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 17th District, 1854-56
- William Piatt, American politician, Mayor of Cumberland, Maryland, 1871-72
- W. H. H. Piatt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1912
- John T. Piatt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908
- John James Piatt (1835-1917), American politician, U.S. Consul in Queenstown, 1884
- Greg Piatt, American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives 48th District; Elected 2002
- Frederick B. Piatt (b. 1873), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Attorney General, 1940, 1942; Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Senate 23rd District, 1944
- Frank H. Piatt, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Wyoming County, 1893-94