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Prater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Prater surname comes from the word Latin "praetor," and was a term used for a reeve, the chief magistrate or bailiff of a district. Additionally, the name could have meant "leader." The Pretorius variant is a common Afrikaans surname which is unique to South Africa.

Early Origins of the Prater family


The surname Prater was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1150 when Willelmus Pretor held estates in that shire. Later, Robertus Preter was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1208.

By the 16th century, early spelling variations of the name appeared in Germany including Jacob Praetorius the Elder (c. 1520-1586), the German organist and composer. He was the first of many listed in this century, but how the English and German families are related is unknown. Moreover how the South African variant Pretorius became so popular there is again unknown.


Early History of the Prater family


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Prater Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Prater, Preater, Prather, Pretor, Prether and many more.

Early Notables of the Prater family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Prater family to Ireland


Some of the Prater family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Prater family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Prater, who settled in Virginia in 1622
  • Thomas Prater, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry Prater, who settled in Barbados in 1666
  • Israll Prater, a servant sent to Virginia in 1667
  • Maren Prater, who arrived in Virginia in 1697 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Prater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Prater, who arrived in New York in 1836 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Prater, who settled in Santa Clara Co. CA in 1861
  • Ceclia Prater, aged 49, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Nicholas Prater, aged 49, who landed in America, in 1895

Prater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • L. Richard Prater, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Louis Prater, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from New Quay, England, in 1906
  • Emma Prater, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1911
  • J.M. Prater, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1919
  • W. R. Prater, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prater Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Prater, who settled in Newfoundland in 1622 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Prater Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Prater, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm

Prater Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Prater, aged 21, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Prater (post 1700)


  • Ollie Joe Prater (d. 1991), American stand-up comedian and television personality who appeared frquently on The Tonight Show
  • Shaun Prater (b. 1989), American NFL football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Troy Dean Prater (1958-1996), professional American football player
  • Kyle Prater (b. 1992), American football wide receiver
  • Matthew Phillip "Matt" Prater (b. 1984), American NFL football placekicker for the Denver Broncos
  • David Prater (1937-1988), American musician
  • Luther D. Prater Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • Wesley E. Prater, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1988-96; Defeated in primary, 1996; Washtenaw County Commissioner, 2001-06, 2009- [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jeff Prater, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1896 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Diana L. Prater, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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