This surname of CORLETT is a Manx name, the Anglicized form of the Gaelic MacTHORLIOT. The name was from a personal name of Old Norman origin, composed of the divine name PORR + LJOOR meaning 'Thor-people'. The Manx language is closely related to Scots Gaelic, and its Gaelic surname forms are similar to those found in Scotland. In their present day Anglicized forms, however, they differ in that the patronymic prefix Mac, has for the most part been reduced to an initial C, K, or Q. The result is that nearly 30 per cent of the surnames begin with these letters. Other spellings of the name include COLLET, CORLET and CORLETTE. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years. The earliest of the name on record appears to be CORLETT (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1504, and MacCORLEOT (without surname) was documented in the year 1511.
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