Early Origins of the Prather family
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 Prather family
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Prather Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Prater, Preater, Prather, Pretor, Prether and many more.
Early Notables of the Prather family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prather family to Ireland
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Migration of the Prather family to the New World and Oceana
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Prather Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Prather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Prather Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Prather (post 1700)
Suggested Readings for the name Prather
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