Plat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Plat name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived by a small patch of land. Plat is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Plat family
The surname Plat was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Plat family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Plat research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1608, 1632, 1705, 1678, 1694, 1638, 1640, 1696, 1669 and are included under the topic Early Plat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plat Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Plat has undergone many spelling variations, including Platt, Plat, Platte, Plait, Plate, Blatt and others.
Early Notables of the Plat family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Hugh Plat or Platt (1552-1608), English writer on agriculture and inventor from Garlickhythe; and John Platt (1632-1705), an English immigrant to America from Ware, Hertfordshire to settle in Norwalk, Connecticut and rose to become a Member of the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut from Norwalk (1678-1694.)
Gabriel Plattes ( fl. 1638), was an English writer, said to have been of Dutch extraction, was one of the earliest advocates...
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Migration of the Plat family to Ireland
Some of the Plat family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Plat migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Plat were among those contributors:
Plat Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Plat, who settled in Virginia in 1622
- Richard Plat, who landed in Virginia in 1622 
Plat Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jacob Plat, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767 
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)