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The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Proffitt as a name. It was a name for a person who played the part of a prophet in a medieval pageant.
The surname Proffitt 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.
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Proffitt has been spelled Proffit, Profat, Profet, Profett, Profit, Prophat, Prophet and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proffitt research. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1281 and 1446 are included under the topic Early Proffitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Proffitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Proffitt:
Proffitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Proffitt, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1895
- Robt. Proffitt, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1895
Proffitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Arthur H. Proffitt, who settled in America, in 1903
- Annie Proffitt, aged 13, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Edgerton Proffitt, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
- Effie Proffitt, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1913
- Garfied Proffitt, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1919
- Dan Proffitt, American production designer and actor, known for Way Darker Than You Think (2011) and No Service (2012)
- Billie Proffitt (b. 1986), American actress, known for The Dead Undead (2010), Mind of Mencia (2005) and Wild West Tech (2003)
- Ryan Proffitt, American actor, known for Andrew Jackson (2007), Love Transcends (2010) and The Vampire Diaries (2009)
- Thacher Proffitt, American co-founder of Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP, an American law firm in 1848
- Ethel Maude Proffitt (1895-1982), American lawyer
- Kathryn Linda Haycock Proffitt (b. 1951), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Malta, 1997
- Eugene Proffitt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Stone County, 1964
- Frank Proffitt (1913-1965), American folk singer and banjo player
- Charles Proffitt, American Publisher
- Steve Proffitt, American radio journalist
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- Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
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The Proffitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Proffitt 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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