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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Pratten. It was given to a trickster; for a practical joker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prętt, 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.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pratten has appeared include Pratt, Pratte, Prat and others.

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. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pratten research. Another 277 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1497, 1573, 1620, 1684, 1664, 1667, 1714, 1766, 1786, 1759, 1840, 1795, 1798, 1812 and are included under the topic Early Pratten History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pratten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Pratten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 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 were:

Pratten Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ann Pratten, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


  • Frederick Lewis Pratten (1904-1967), English cricketer who played 12 first-class matches for Somerset in 1930 and 1931
  • Herbert Graham "Bert" Pratten (1892-1979), Australian cricketer
  • Frederick Graham Pratten (1899-1977), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Martin (1928-1929), nephew of Herbert Pratten
  • Herbert Edward Pratten (1865-1928), Australian politician, Minister for Trade and Customs (1924-1928), Minister for Health (1924-1925) and Senator for New South Wales (1917-1921), eponym of Pratten Park, Sydney


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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

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  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Pratten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pratten 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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