Procter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Procter family
The surname Procter was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Early History of the Procter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Procter research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1521, 1584, 1536, 1537, 1540, 1632, 1692, 1692 and are included under the topic Early Procter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Procter Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Procter family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Edward Proctor who married into the distinguished family of Beauchamp.
Thomas Proctor ( fl. 1578), was an English poet, the son of John Proctor, first master of Tunbridge grammar school.
John Proctor (1521-1584), was an English divine and historian, a native of Somerset, was elected scholar of...
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In the United States, the name Procter is the 10,856th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Procter family to Ireland
Some of the Procter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Procter migration to the United States +
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
- John Procter, who settled in Virginia in 1607
- Alice Procter and her husband settled in Virginia in 1621
- Marie Procter, aged 1, who arrived in New England in 1635 
- Martha Procter, aged 28, who landed in New England in 1635 
- Ambrose Procter, who landed in Virginia in 1637 
Procter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Abraham Procter, who landed in Virginia in 1705 
- Thomas Procter, who settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife Elizabeth, four sons and a daughter
- Henry Procter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760 
Procter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maurice Procter, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 
Procter migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Procter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Thomas Procter settled at Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1725 
- Charles Procter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- James Procter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- John Procter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Sarah Procter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Procter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mark Procter, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1816 
- James Procter, who settled in Grand Bank, Newfoundland in 1850 
Procter migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Procter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- E. Procter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 
- J.T. Procter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 
Procter migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Procter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Robert Procter, (b. 1839), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 
- Alexander Procter, aged 24, a ploughman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
- Mrs. Louisa Procter, (b. 1855), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd October 1883 
- Mr. William Procter, (b. 1881), aged 2, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Westland" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 3rd October 1883 
Contemporary Notables of the name Procter (post 1700) +
- William Procter (1801-1884), English-born, American candlemaker and industrialist, co-founder of the Procter & Gamble Company in 1837
- William Cooper Procter (1862-1934), American CEO of Procter & Gamble (1907-1930), grandson of William Procter
- Emily Mallory Procter (b. 1968), American actress, best known for her role as Calleigh Duquesne in the former CBS police drama CSI: Miami
- Cory Procter (b. 1982), American NFL football guard
- Ben Hamill Procter (1927-2012), American former NFL football player for the Los Angeles Rams and historian at Texas Christian University
- Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-1864), English poet and philanthropist, eldest daughter and first child of Bryan Waller Procter
- Norma Procter (1928-2017), English contralto
- Dr Joan Beauchamp Procter FZS, FLS (1897-1931), English zoologist at the British Museum (Natural History)
- Bryan Waller Procter (1787-1874), English poet who used the pen name Barry Cornwall
- Arthur Herbert Procter VC (1890-1973), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
- ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Procter family +
- Mr. P. Procter, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking 
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The Procter 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: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.
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- ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html