The name Pratlett is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a trickster; for a practical joker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prætt,
which meant "a trick" or alternatively "cunning and astute." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Nickname
surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event. It is possible that the name was given to the original bearer as the result of a particularly brilliant and wildly successful practical joke.
Early Origins of the Pratlett family
The surname Pratlett was first found in Essex
but the name originally comes from Normandy
where it is derived from the place name Pratum, or Pré, near Lisieux where Duke Richard gave lands to Fontanelles Abbey in 1024. Again in Normandy
, Richard and Robert de Prato were listed in 1198 but another branch of the family were found in Essex
in 1199 where Roger de Prato was listed at that time. Hervery de Prato was King John's "faithful knight" in 1200 and Rouen Castle was given to his brother for his services. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
We draw the reader's attention to the church in the parish of Ryston in Norfolk
. "The church is chiefly in the decorated English style, and contains numerous monuments to the Pratt family, including one to Lady Pratt, whose figure, in a reclining posture, is beautifully sculptured in white marble." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pratlett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pratlett research.Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1497, 1573, 1615, 1620, 1684, 1664, 1667, 1657, 1725, 1659, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Pratlett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pratlett Spelling Variations
Pratlett has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Pratlett have been found, including Pratt, Pratte, Prat and others.
Early Notables of the Pratlett family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Roger Pratt (1620-1684), an English gentleman-architect, best known for his work on Clarendon House, London (1664-1667.)
Sir John Pratt (1657-1725), was an English judge, son... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pratlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pratlett family to Ireland
Some of the Pratlett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pratlett family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pratletts to arrive on North American shores: John Prat and Roger Prat, who both arrived at the Roanoake, Virginia colony in 1587; Abraham and Jane Pratt, who came to Salem in 1630; Phineas Pratt, who settled in Maine in 1622.