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Where did the Irish Pratte family come from? What is the Irish Pratte family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pratte family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pratte family history?

The Pratte name is derived from the Old English word "prętt," which meant "a trick" or alternatively "cunning and astute;" as such it is thought to have originally been a nickname for a practical joker. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name, and could describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Pratt, Pratte, Prat and others.

First found in Norfolk 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pratte research. Another 313 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1497, 1573, 1714, 1759, 1766, 1786, 1795, 1798, 1812, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Pratte History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 52 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pratte Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Pratte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.


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