Proffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Proffer surname is a habitational name, taken on from "the lands of Provan, formerly a possession of the prebendary of Barlanark, one of the canons of Glasgow cathedral. Provand is the vemacular for prebenda. A surname around Glasgow and also surname of a family long connected with Strathblane and Killearn. Richard de Prebenda who was clerk to William the Lion, is probably Richard de Prebenda, charter witness, c. 1190, 1200, and 1231." [1]

Early Origins of the Proffer family

The surname Proffer was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

"Robert surnamed de Prebenda was elected dean of Dunkeld, 1248 (Chron. Mail., s.a.), Adam de Prebenda was clerk to the king, 1263 (Pap. Lett., I, p. 389), and Robert de Prebenda was bishop of Dunblane, 1258-82. John de Prebenda was burgess of Glasgow, 1428 (LCD., p. 245), and Stephen Provand had a remission for his share in burning the town of Dunbretane, 1489." [1]

Provan Hall (also known as Provanhall, Hall of Provan and 'Hall Mailings') is a historic place composed of two buildings built about the 15th century and situated in Auchinlea Park, Easterhouse, Glasgow. Originally known as "Hall of Provan," it was probably built in the same era as The Provand's Lordship of Glasgow in the same area, now a medieval historic house museum.

Early History of the Proffer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proffer research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1258, 1489, 1549, 1521, 1552, 1549 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Proffer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Proffer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Provan, Provand, Provender, Proven and others.

Early Notables of the Proffer family (pre 1700)

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


United States Proffer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Proffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Proffer, aged 40, who landed in America from Gallacia, in 1892
Proffer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederico Proffer, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Proffer (post 1700) +

  • Spencer Proffer (b. 1948), born Salek Profesorski, an American media and record producer
  • Ellendea Proffer Teasley (b. 1944), American author, publisher, and translator of Russian literature
  • Robert Lee Proffer (b. 1909), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives, 1943-46; Member of Texas State Senate, 1947-50 [2]
  • Marvin E. Proffer, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Cape Girardeau County; Elected 1964 [2]
  • Heather Proffer, American politician, Representative from Texas 12th District, 1996 [2]
  • Carl Proffer, American politician, Representative from Texas 16th District, 1996 [2]
  • Ellendea Proffer Teasley (b. 1944), American author, publisher, and translator of Russian literature


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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