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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. However, another source claims "this name owes its origin to an ancestor who had enacted such a part in mediaeval pageant. and the suggestion is not unlikely." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


Proffitt Early Origins



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.

One of the first records of the family was William Propheta who was charter witness in Aberdeen in 1281. Later, John Profite was admitted burgess of the same burgh in 1440. A few years later, Thom Propheit appears as "mair of the quarter of Brechin" and sheriff-depute of Forfar in 1473. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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Proffitt Spelling Variations


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Proffitt Spelling Variations



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.

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Proffitt Early History


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Proffitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proffitt research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1552 are included under the topic Early Proffitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Proffitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Proffitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Proffitt In Ireland


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Proffitt In Ireland



Some of the Proffitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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
  • Robert 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Proffitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Proffitt (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Frank Proffitt (1913-1965), American folk singer and banjo player
  • Charles Proffitt, American Publisher
  • Steve Proffitt, American radio journalist
  • Kathryn Linda Haycock Proffitt (b. 1951), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Malta, 1997 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Eugene Proffitt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Stone County, 1964 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Proffitt Historic Events


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Proffitt Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Proffitt, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

Other References

  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).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

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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