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The Prather 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.

Prather Early Origins



The surname Prather 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.


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Prather Spelling Variations


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Prather Spelling Variations



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

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Prather Early History


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Prather Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prather research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Prather History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prather Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prather Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Prather Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prather In Ireland


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Prather In Ireland



Some of the Prather 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prather Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Prather, who arrived in Virginia sometime between 1634 and 1789

Prather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Annie C. Prather, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Prather Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elisabeth Prather, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Emma Fr. Prather, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Abby W. Prather, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Elizabeth Prather, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Katharina Prather, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prather (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prather (post 1700)



  • Guy Prather (b. 1958), American NFL linebacker who played from 1981 to 1985 for the Green Bay Packers
  • Waylon Prather (b. 1985), American football punter
  • Hugh Prather (1938-2010), American author, minister, and counselor
  • H. Lee Prather, American football and basketball coach
  • Richard Scott Prather (1921-2007), American mystery novelist
  • Brianne Danielle Prather (b. 1980), American actress, best known for her role as Hillary Lighter on the Disney Channel show The Jersey
  • Lieutenant Commander Victor A. Prather Jr (1923-1961), American flight surgeon, best known for his contributions to "Project RAM", a government project to develop the space suit
  • Maurice William Prather (1926-2001), American motion picture and still photographer and film director

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Suggested Readings for the name Prather


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Suggested Readings for the name Prather



  • Robert and Marshall, the Prather Family in Louisiana, from Wales, England, Virginia, Maryland by Dudley Austin Tatman.
  • Nellie B.: Tales of a Texan by Angela Morgan Burton.

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    11. ...

    The Prather Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prather 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 October 2017 at 10:48.

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