The origins the old family name Skarlett can be found within medieval Scotland
. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Scotland
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Skarlett family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Skarlett was an occupational name for a person who dyed bright fabrics. Interestingly, the name Skarlett was derived from the Old French word "escarlet," meaning "scarlet," and indicating one of the bright colors in which the bearer dealt.
Early Origins of the Skarlett family
The surname Skarlett was first found in Essex
, where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
. Undoubtedly, one of the most famous records of the the name was Will Scarlet, (Scarlett, Scarlock, Scadlock, Scatheloke, and Scathelocke) a prominent member of Robin Hood's Merry Men who first appeared in the oldest surviving Robin Hood ballad, A Gest of Robyn Hode, printed between 1492 and 1534.
Early History of the Skarlett family
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Skarlett Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Scarlett, Scarlet, Scarlot, Scarlott and others.
Early Notables of the Skarlett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Skarlett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Scarlet arrived in New England
in 1630; Samuel Scarlett settled in Boston in 1630; John Scarlett settled in New York in 1820; Catherine, James, Robert Scarlett all arrived in Philadelphia between 1775 and 1840.