Show ContentsPlatts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Platts surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived by a small patch of land. Platts 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 Platts family

The surname Platts 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 Platts family

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Platts Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Platts include Platt, Plat, Platte, Plait, Plate, Blatt and others.

Early Notables of the Platts family

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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Ireland Migration of the Platts family to Ireland

Some of the Platts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Platts migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Platts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Platts, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • John Platts, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [1]
Platts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Platts, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]

Australia Platts migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Platts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Platts, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839 [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Platts who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [3]

New Zealand Platts migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Platts Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Platts, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Platts (post 1700) +

  • Todd Russell Platts (b. 1962), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1992-96; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 19th District, 2001- [5]
  • Joseph Platts, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Saybrook, 1825-26 [5]
  • George Louis Platts (b. 1894), American politician, Representative from Michigan 14th District, 1954 ; Candidate in Democratic primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 1st District, 1961 [5]
  • Lionel Platts (1934-2021), English professional golfer who finished 7th in the PGA Order of Merit in both 1964 and 1965
  • John Platts (1775-1837), English Unitarian divine and compiler from Boston, Lincolnshire; he published five volumes of ‘A new Universal Biography,’ in 1825

  1. 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)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) D'AUVERGNE 1839. Retrieved from'Auvergne.htm
  3. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook