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The surname Playter was first found in both Suffolk and Norfolk where the first on record was Thomas Playters of Thorndon in Suffolk. His son, Thomas Playters (died 1479) held Wilborne manor and advowson in Norfolk, Sotterley, and Ugshall manor in Suffolk. He was buried in Sotterley church. Hi son William Playters (died 1512) had a son named Christopher Playters (d. 1547.)

Spelling variations of this family name include: Plater, Plator, Playter, Playtor, Platter, Plattor, Plaitor, Plaiter, Plaitors and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Playter research. Another 325 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1103, 1177, 1449, 1552, 1560, 1820, 1455, 1487, 1623, 1606, 1605, 1590, 1668, 1640, 1648, 1640 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Playter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Playters, 1st Baronet of Sotterley, High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1605; and Sir William Playters, 2nd Baronet (1590-1668)...

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Playter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lieut. George Henry Playter U.E. (b. 1738) born in Walton-Upon-Thames, England, United Kingdom from Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Nova Scotia c. 1781, then resettled in 1792 in Kingston, Ontario he relocated again in Toronto, Ontario in 1793 he was served in the Guides and Pioneers, married to Elizabeth Welding in 1766 having 10 children, he died in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • George Playter, who arrived in Canada in 1797

Playter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Playter and Aaron Playter, who settled in Ontario in 1825
  • Elizabeth Playter, who came to Canada in 1832
  • George Playter, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • James George Playter, who settled in Ontario in 1869
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  • Wellington Playter (1879-1937), English actor
  • George Frederick Playter (1809-1866), Canadian minister, historian and author
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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Playter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Playter 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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