Platt Family History

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Platt Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Platt or Platt Bridge in Lancashire, named in Middle English with Old French plat ‘flat’, ‘thin’ (see Platte), in the dialect sense ‘plank bridge’. English: topographic name from Middle English plat ‘plot of land’, ‘piece of ground’ (Old English plætt). Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German platt ‘flat’. German: variant of Platte 3.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Platt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Platt name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Platt. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Platt Family Origin

Where is the Platt family from?

Platt Family Occupations

What did your Platt ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Platt occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Platt's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Platt family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Platt.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Platt ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Platt Historical Records

What Platt family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 210,000 census records available for the last name Platt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Platt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Platt Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Platt

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Platt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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