name Pleyers comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who worked as a player,
which was originally derived from the Old English word plegere.
In this case the Pleyers surname referred to those individuals who were musicians or actors who played
for a living.
Early Origins of the Pleyers family
The surname Pleyers 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 Pleyers family
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Pleyers Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Pleyers include Player, Pleyer, Players and others.
Early Notables of the Pleyers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pleyers family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pleyers 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 Pleyers 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.