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Platt Name Meaning

English: Middle English plat platte ‘flat surface’ (Anglo-Norman French plat plast) often with the senses ‘footbridge’ or ‘plot of land’. The name may be topographic for one who lived near such a feature or habitational from a place so named such as Platt in Manchester or Platt Bridge in Wigan (both Lancashire). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German platt ‘flat’. German: variant of Platte

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Plant, Platte, Platz, Plate, Plott, Blatt, Flatt, Last, Glatt, Plath

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Where is the Platt family from?

You can see how Platt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Platt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Platt families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 205 Platt families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Platt's in USA. New York had the highest population of Platt families in 1840.
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What did your Platt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Platt. 12% of Platt men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Platt women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Platt were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Platt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 35,000 military records available for the last name Platt. For the veterans among your Platt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Platt lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Platt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Platt in 1944 was 47, and 72 in 2004.

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