Last name origins & meanings:
- English (West Midlands): of uncertain origin; possibly a
nickname for an unruly child, or somebody who behaved like one, though
this sense of brat is not recorded by OED before the 16th
century. Alternatively, it may be derived from the older word
brat(te) ‘apron’, ‘pinafore’ (of Celtic origin), as a nickname
for someone who habitually wore one.
- Swedish and Norwegian: from the Old Norse personal name Brattr meaning ‘majestic’,
‘proud’ (also, of places, ‘steep’). See also Bradt.
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