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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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

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.)


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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.

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Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Playter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • 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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  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. 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.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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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.

This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 15:17.

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