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The name Procter comes from one of the family having worked as a steward. Procter is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic surname. This surname comes from the Old English word proketour, which is a contracted form of the Old French procurator.
The surname Procter was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Procter have been found, including: Procter, Proctor and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Procter research. Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1632 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Procter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Edward Proctor who married into the distinguished family of Beauchamp; and John Proctor (1632-1692), a farmer in 17th century Massachusetts who...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Procter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Procter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Procter, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Procter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Procter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Procter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Procter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Procter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Procter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Procter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Procter Historic Events
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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.
The Procter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Procter 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.
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