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Pratt Family History

Pratt Name Meaning

English: nickname for a clever trickster, from Old English prætt ‘trick’, ‘tricky’, ‘cunning’ (which is found in use as a byname in the 11th century). This surname is quite common in southeastern Ireland.

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


Similar surnames: Bratt, Platt, Pyatt, Spratt, Batt, Peart, Myatt, Pruitt, Prast

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Where is the Pratt family from?

You can see how Pratt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Pratt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Pratt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 514 Pratt families living in Massachusetts. This was about 24% of all the recorded Pratt's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Pratt families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Pratt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Pratt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Pratt. 15% of Pratt men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Pratt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Pratt were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 688,000 census records available for the last name Pratt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pratt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 59,000 immigration records available for the last name Pratt. 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 97,000 military records available for the last name Pratt. For the veterans among your Pratt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Pratt lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Pratt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Pratt in 1942 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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