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Origins of the Pratt surname

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What does the name Pratt mean?

The Pratt surname is English and is believed to have two main points of origin. Firstly it is thought to derive from the Old French 'prat' (meadow) and refer to those who lived at or near this particular geographic feature and their lineage. Secondly it is believed to be from the Old English 'praet' (cunning) and have been given as a descriptive name for those who are particularly cunning or wily.

Alternative variations of the name Pratt

Pratt, Prat, Prate, Pratte, Prott

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Where do most Pratts live?

In 1921, most Pratts lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Pratts

How common is your surname?

234th most common surname in the UK

We have 167,000 records for the Pratt surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Pratts most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Pratt first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Pratts

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Pratts in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Pratts in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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