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Where did the English Proctor family come from? What is the English Proctor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Proctor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Proctor family history?

The name Proctor is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a steward. Proctor is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic surname. This surname comes from the Old English word proketour, which is a contracted form of the Old French procurator.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Proctor include Procter, Proctor and others.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proctor research. Another 354 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1632 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Proctor History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Proctor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Proctor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Proctor Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Proctor, who arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • Allis Proctor, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • George Proctor, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Nathaniel Proctor, who landed in Maryland in 1659
  • Robert Proctor, who arrived in Maryland in 1660

Proctor Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Proctor, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Agnes Proctor, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1736
  • William Proctor, who arrived in Virginia in 1745
  • Henry Proctor, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760
  • Anthony Proctor, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Proctor Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Proctor, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Matthew Proctor, who arrived in New York in 1844
  • Isaac Proctor, who landed in New York in 1846


  • Mary Proctor (1862-1957), American astronomer, eponym of the Proctor lunar crater
  • Mel Proctor (b. 1951), American sports broadcaster
  • Paul Proctor, American country musician and columnist
  • Philip Proctor (b. 1940), American actor, voice actor and a member of The Firesign Theatre, known for his voice roles in Pixar films, including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo
  • Rachel Christine Proctor (b. 1974), American country singer-songwriter
  • Scott Christopher Proctor (b. 1977), retired American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 2004 to 2011
  • Redfield Proctor Jr (1879-1957), American politician, 59th Governor of Vermont (1923-1925)
  • Thomas Proctor (1739-1806), Irish-born, American Commander of the 4th Continental Artillery Regiment during the American Revolutionary War
  • Haydn Proctor (1903-1996), American politician and judge, President of the New Jersey Senate in 1946
  • Mr. Charles Proctor (d. 1912), aged 40, English Chef from Liverpool, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking



  • Free Men in an Age of Servitude: Three Generations of a Black Family by Lee H. Warner.
  • The Proctor Connection by Shirley Broderson Ross.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.


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The Proctor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Proctor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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