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The origins of the Platt name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived by a small patch of land. Platt 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.

Platt Early Origins



The surname Platt 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.

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Platt Spelling Variations


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Platt Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Platt were recorded, including Platt, Plat, Pl atte, Plait, Plate, Blatt and others.

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Platt Early History


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Platt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Platt research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1705, 1678, 1694 and are included under the topic Early Platt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Platt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Platt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Platt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Platt In Ireland


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Platt In Ireland



Some of the Platt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Platt family emigrate to North America:

Platt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gilbert Platt settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Gilbert Platt, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Gilbert Platt, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Gilbert Platt, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Lawrence Platt, aged 15, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Platt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Platt, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Samuel Platt, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Randolph Platt, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Henrich Platt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744

Platt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Platt, who arrived in America in 1803
  • John Platt, aged 38, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Matthias Platt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • George H Platt, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • Alfred, Euclid, Francis, George, Henry, James, John, Joseph, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, and William Platt, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Platt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Platt U.E. who settled in Montreal, Quebec c. 1786 member of the Secret Service [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Platt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Platt, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Alex Platt, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Platt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Platt, aged 26, a plasterer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Eliza Platt, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Walter Platt, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Alice Platt, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • G. Platt arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Platt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Platt (post 1700)



  • Zephaniah Platt (1735-1807), American politician, Member of New York State Senate Middle District, 1777-83; Member of New York council of appointment, 1779, 1781; Delegate to Continental Congress from New York, 1784
  • Zephaniah C. Platt, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1858; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1876
  • Wilmer G. Platt, American politician, Mayor of Takoma Park, Maryland, 1906-12, 1917-20
  • William P. Platt (d. 1926), American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 9th District, 1916-26
  • William H. Platt, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Thomas County, 1927-28
  • William F. Platt (b. 1868), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1917-20
  • Thomas Collier Platt (1833-1910), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1873-77; U.S. Senator from New York, 1881, 1897-1909
  • Stephen Platt, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County, 1793-95
  • Thomas C. Platt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964, 1972
  • Sidney S. Platt Jr., American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Southbury, 1927-28, 1937-40
  • ... (Another 86 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Platt Historic Events


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Platt Historic Events




Flight 191

  • Ms M Platt, American passenger from East Lansing, Michigan, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert Platt (1917-1941), Australian Stoker 2nd Class from Williamstown, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. L Platt, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Platt, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • David Platt (1955-1988), American Architect from Staten Island, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. W. Platt (d. 1912), aged 18, English Scullion from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Platt


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Suggested Readings for the name Platt



  • The Plattsburgh Platts Margaret Myers Byrne.
  • The Story of Mrs. Eliza Platt Stoddard of Succasunna, Morris County, New Jersey by Edwin W. Hancock.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. 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).
  11. ...

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