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The name Player comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as a player, which was originally derived from the Old English word plegere. In this case the Player surname referred to those individuals who were musicians or actors who played for a living.

Player Early Origins



The surname Player was first found in Middlesex where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Player Spelling Variations


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Player Spelling Variations



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 Player have been found, including: Player, Pleyer, Players and others.

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Player Early History


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Player Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Player research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Player History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Player Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Player Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Player Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Player, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Player Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Player, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • John and Richard Player settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Richard Player, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Player settled in Maryland in 1654
  • Robert Player, who settled in Nevis in 1663

Player Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jan F Player, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Player Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Player arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Margaret Player arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • David Player arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859
  • Sarah Player arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred The Great" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Player (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Player (post 1700)



  • Scott Player (b. 1969), American professional NFL, CFL and UFL football player who played from 1995 to 2009
  • Gary Player DMS, OIG (b. 1935), South African PGA golfer who has won nine major championships on the regular tour and six Champions Tour major championship victories, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, awarded PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012
  • Tchissakid Dre "T-Dre" Player (b. 1992), Canadian CFL football offensive guard for the BC Lions

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Motto


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Motto



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: Servitute clarior
Motto Translation: More illustrious by service.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. 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.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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    The Player Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Player 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 22 December 2015 at 08:05.

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