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The ancient Scottish name Proffit is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a person who played the part of a prophet in a medieval pageant.

Proffit Early Origins



The surname Proffit was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, 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.

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Proffit Spelling Variations


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Proffit Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Proffit has appeared Proffit, Profat, Profet, Profett, Profit, Prophat, Prophet and many more.

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Proffit Early History


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Proffit Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proffit research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1446 are included under the topic Early Proffit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Proffit Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Proffit Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Proffit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Proffit name:

Proffit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rachel Proffit, who came to Maryland in 1652
  • Elizabeth Proffit, who landed in Maryland in 1652
  • Joseph Proffit, who arrived in Maryland in 1652
  • Rachel Proffit, who landed in Maryland in 1652

Proffit Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Proffit, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874
  • Martha Proffit, aged 21, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Proffit (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Proffit (post 1700)



  • George H. Proffit (1807-1847), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1839-1843)
  • Samuel G. Proffit, American politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 26th District, 1920-21
  • S. Greene Proffit, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1944
  • Joseph Edwin Proffit (1876-1958), American Republican politician, U.S. Consul in Pretoria, 1904-05; Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1944-47, 1952-57
  • George H. Proffit (1807-1847), American politician, Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1839-43; U.S. Minister to Brazil, 1843-44

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Proffit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Proffit 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.

    This page was last modified on 9 November 2015 at 10:00.

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