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

The name Procter comes from one of the family having worked as a steward. Procter 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.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Procter have been found, including: Procter, Proctor and others.

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


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

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

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Some of the Procter 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.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Procter, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Procter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John Procter settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Alice Procter and her husband settled in Virginia in 1621
  • Marie Procter, aged 1, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Martha Procter, aged 28, landed in New England in 1635
  • Ambrose Procter, who landed in Virginia in 1637

Procter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Abraham Procter, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Thomas Procter settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife Elizabeth, four sons and a daughter
  • Henry Procter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760

Procter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Maurice Procter, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845

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  • William Procter (1801-1884), English-born American candlemaker and industrialist, co-founder of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837
  • Ben Hamill Procter (1927-2012), American former NFL football player for the Los Angeles Rams and historian at Texas Christian University
  • Cory Procter (b. 1982), American NFL football guard
  • Emily Mallory Procter (b. 1968), American actress, best known for her role as Calleigh Duquesne in the former CBS police drama CSI: Miami
  • William Cooper Procter (1862-1934), American CEO of Procter & Gamble (1907-1930), grandson of William Procter
  • Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864), English poet and philanthropist
  • Andrew John Procter (b. 1983), English footballer
  • Arthur Herbert Procter VC (1890-1973), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Bryan Waller Procter (1787-1874), English poet who used the pen name Barry Cornwall
  • Dr Joan Beauchamp Procter FZS, FLS (1897-1931), English zoologist at the British Museum (Natural History)

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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 Procter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Procter 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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