Proper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Celtic name of Proper was derived from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name is derived from the personal name Robin. The surname Proper features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix ap-. The original form of the name was ap-Robin, but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.
Early Origins of the Proper family
The surname Proper was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat. Said to be descended from Ynyr, King of Gwent, the family held estates at Oldcastle and Newton. From Malpas they were a strong influence in West Cheshire, and Wirral life about the year 1200. Elton Hall in Elton, Cambridgeshire has been the ancestral home of the Proby family since 1660. Sir Thomas Proby, 1st Baronet (1632-April 1689) inherited Elton Hall from his father Sir Heneage Proby (died 1667.)
Early History of the Proper family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proper research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1576, 1545, 1550, 1874, 1726, 1902, 1632, 1689, 1660, 1679, 1679, 1685, 1639, 1710, 1693, 1695, 1698, 1702, 1698, 1762, 1678, 1742, 1721, 1723, 1724, 1796 and 1843 are included under the topic Early Proper History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Proper Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Proper name over the years has been spelled Probyn, Probin, Probbin, Probbyn, Propert, Probert, Proppert, Probins, Probyns, Ap Robin, Ap Robert, Proby and many more.
Early Notables of the Proper family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Heneage Proby of Elton Huntingdonshire; and his son, Sir Thomas Proby, 1st Baronet (1632-1689), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Amersham (1660-1679) and Huntingdonshire (1679-1685); John Proby (1639-1710), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire (1693-1695) and (1698-1702); and John Proby (c. 1698-1762), a British Member of Parliament. He was son of Wlliam Proby, Governor of...
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In the United States, the name Proper is the 10,315th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Proper family to Ireland
Some of the Proper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Proper migration to the United States +
Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Proper:
Proper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Fredrick Proper, who arrived in New York in 1715 
- Johan Joseph Proper, who landed in New York in 1715 
- Johan Pieter Proper, who arrived in New York in 1715 
Proper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Proper, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 
Contemporary Notables of the name Proper (post 1700) +
- E. K. Proper, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 15th District, 1868-69 
- Clyde H. Proper, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924, 1928, 1932; Chair of Schoharie County Republican Party, 1927-29 
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The Proper 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: Manus haec inimica tyrannis
Motto Translation: This hand is hostile to tyrants.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html