The name Pratts is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Pratts was a name used for 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 Pratts family
The surname Pratts 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 Pratts family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pratts 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 Pratts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pratts Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pratts include Pratt, Pratte, Prat and others.
Early Notables of the Pratts 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 Pratts Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pratts family to Ireland
Some of the Pratts 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 Pratts family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pratts were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.