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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.
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.
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.
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.
More information is included under the topic Early Player Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Player Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Player Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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.
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