Ratt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ratt family

The surname Ratt was first found in Nairnshire, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity. They took their name from the Castle of Rait near Geddes which was in ruins by the 1400s. [1] Today Rait is a small village in Perth and Kinross. The Wraith variant is a Scottish Gaelic word for "ghost" or "spirit."

Early History of the Ratt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ratt research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1296, 1297 and 1400 are included under the topic Early Ratt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ratt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rait, Raitt, Raid, Rate, Raith and others.

Early Notables of the Ratt family (pre 1700)

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United States Ratt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ratt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Phillip Ratt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [2]


The Ratt Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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