SARRATT / SARRETT / SURRATT:
I have studied the "SARRETT" (and various spellings) for over (1965) 45 years
and have accumulated some 54,000 records (Living in America) records from Census, Tax
Rolls, Deed Records, Land Grant's, Will's & Testament, Marriage Records,
SSD Benefits, and people contribution.
The surname SARRAT appears to be "Locational" in origin,
and believed to be associated with the French, meaning, "one
who came from Sarrett". The "Dictionnaire Etymologique des Noms
de Famile et Pre'noms de France", by LAROUSSE, published in Paris,
1951, there are several villages/hamlets in the South of France with
the name of SARRE; SERRES, SARRE; SERRET; SARRAT. These names meaning
"high-rising ground" or "high hill elongated"
Up-on their arrival in the Colony's they were
"Illiterate" they could NOT Read or Write the English word.
So the SARRAT name was spelled like it "Sounded".
It is my belief that the "Handwriting" of our early settlers became a factor on how our name was
• The hand written SARRAT, became SARRATT, with two t's, because of the flip of the first "t" became "tt".
Here in America the spelling of the SARRAT Family name has taken
many forms. Most likely, clerks copied it down the way they heard
it. Therefore, British Clerks (which the early Colonial Clerks usually
were..prs) began to add a second "t" and to use every vowel
for the first syllable of our name. Perhaps the (some could not spell
themselves) first family members of the SARRAT family would correct this, but
as they fanned out into the expanding frontiers of America, spelling
became less important. Thus, first cousins are found to use different
spellings of their surname in the same County. Some of the most prominent
surnames which, derived from the Progenitor SARRAT in the United States, are:
Who was the first SARRATT/SARRETT progenitor in United States? The case
is still not closed. The first recorded documents found by this writer
are of <---
Joseph, 1 SARRAT born c1665, possibly in France; died before 1715,
in Prince George's County, Maryland. He married before 1700 to a
Katherine (Unknown Maiden Name) and had at least three children,
SARRETT Family Name in America
Information from census suggest that in 1971 there were approximately 150 heads of households in the United States with the old distinguished SARRETT name. This same census show that there were approximately 3.1 persons per household in America which, would yield an approximate total of 465 people which, carry the spelling of the SARRETT name, but in 1982 there were 26 states that listed only 143 SARRETT families, 26 of these in the state of Texas alone, with West Virginia 2nd. with 14 and California 3rd. with 13:
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Religious intolerance in France, late in the seventeenth century,
led to the departure of many Huguenots to the New World (America).
One of them, unknown author, recorded this story of his family.
In the "Dicionnaire Topographique du De'partment de La Haute- Garonne", published in 1882 list 103 villages/hamlets with Sarrat attached to them, some in the Pyrenees near Spain and some near Luchon, France, which is not far away from Toulouse and the Sarrat name was in the early history of Toulouse, France.
I would like to add your family to my
family database. Please E-Mail me your family information, or E-Mail
me your interest and I will return to you a "Family Group Sheet"
that you can "fill in the blanks". I just bet I have your "Branch"
on file. This is NOT a commercial venture, just some people wanting
to put our family records in print.
FRANCE, Capital, Paris|
In identifying ancestors, genealogical researchers need the answers to four key questions regarding record sources:
1. What types of records exist that will aid in identification of ancestors?
2. What periods of time do the existing records cover?
3. What genealogical information do they contain?
4. What is their availability for searching?
These questions are answered in the research paper, "Genealogical Record Sources of France" Series G, No. 1, published by the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
This paper lists 36 types of records, the periods they cover, type of information
given and availability.
According to the above paper, "The most important sources for France will
be found in the Civil registration"(etat-civil) from 1792 to present:
The earliest parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials were written about 400 years ago. These registers were kept by the parish priest who, beginning in about 1700, deposited copies of his registers with the Clerk of the Court. At the time of the revolution (1789) the task of recording births, marriages and deaths was transferred to the Mairies (town halls) where the parish priests were compelled by law to deposit all the registers in their possession. The new registers (since 1789) are known as Registres de l'Etat Civil. It is, therefore, to the town hall that one should write to consult the records of births, marriages and deaths either prior to or subsequent to the year 1789. Occasionally the Departmental Archivist has insisted on the transfer of the old parish registers to his archive when they have not been carefully preserved in the town halls.
The National Library and the National Archives together with the various departmental and
town or city archives supply inexhaustable sources of information.
Departments of France:
Departments are listed alphabetical with the map index and the Department
FORMER PROVINCES OF FRANCE:
Atlases, Gazetteers, Maps
Denis-Papin, M., Martin, J.L., and Bonnard.
Dictionnaire National des Communes de France
Paris: Editions Albin Michel. (G.S.Ref.944E5di).
Place Names: Chevin, M. I'Abbe. Dictionnaire Latin-Francais Des Noms Propres de Lieux. Paris: 1897 (G.S. Film 1,070,223)
Guides To French Genealogical Research:
Law, Hugh T. "How to Trace Your French Ancestors" The Genealogical Helper,
January-February issue 1978, Pages 5-8
Some French Genealogical Sources:
Arnaud, Etienne. "Repertoire de Genealogies Francaises Imprimees."
2 vols. (G.S. Europe 944 D23A)
Societe de I'Histoire du Protestantisme Francais. Bulletin de la Societe . . . (Bulletin of the Society of History of French Protestantism) Vols. 1 to 115 (1852 to 1969) on films 885753 to 885,729. (G.S. 944 B2sp; index 944 B2sp Index or on film 1,045,348)
French - History:
Guerard, Albert. "France, A Modern History."
New Edition. Revised and Enlarged by Paul A. Gagnon
Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1959,1969.
These records are part of the "Genealogy Computer Package" *** PC-PROFILE *** Volume - II.
Sarratt/Sarrett/Surratt Family Profile©
Compiled and self Published in Oct. 31, 1989 by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. with
the assistance of my late mother
Mrs. M. Lucille (WILSON) SARRETT (1917-1987)
These 1989 "Work-Books" were compiled by listing the various families, born, married, died, and a history of that family branch.
In 1996 I started "Up-Loading" this material on the now called SFA© Series...prs