The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Pratton come from its first bearer, 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 Pratton family
The surname Pratton 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 Pratton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pratton research.Another 413 words (30 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 Pratton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pratton Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pratton has been spelled many different ways, including Pratt, Pratte, Prat and others.
Early Notables of the Pratton 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 Pratton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pratton family to Ireland
Some of the Pratton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 154 words (11 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 Pratton family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Prattons to arrive in North America: 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.