The name Pleyer finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a person who worked as a player,
which was originally derived from the Old English word plegere.
In this case the Pleyer surname referred to those individuals who were musicians or actors who played
for a living.
Early Origins of the Pleyer family
The surname Pleyer 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.
Early History of the Pleyer family
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Pleyer Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pleyer has been recorded under many different variations, including Player, Pleyer, Players and others.
Early Notables of the Pleyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pleyer family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pleyer or a variant listed above: Robert Player, who settled in Nevis in 1663; John and Richard Player settled in Virginia in 1653; Thomas Player settled in Maryland in 1654.
The Pleyer 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.