Prophet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Scottish name Prophet is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a person who played the part of a prophet in a medieval pageant. However, another source claims "this name owes its origin to an ancestor who had enacted such a part in mediaeval pageant. and the suggestion is not unlikely." 
Early Origins of the Prophet family
The surname Prophet was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland.
One of the first records of the family was William Propheta who was charter witness in Aberdeen in 1281. Later, John Profite was admitted burgess of the same burgh in 1440. A few years later, Thom Propheit appears as "mair of the quarter of Brechin" and sheriff-depute of Forfar in 1473. 
Early History of the Prophet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prophet research. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1552, 1450, 1470 and 1467 are included under the topic Early Prophet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prophet Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Prophet has been written Proffit, Profat, Profet, Profett, Profit, Prophat, Prophet and many more.
Early Notables of the Prophet family (pre 1700)
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Prophet migration to the United States +
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Prophet:
Prophet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Silvester Prophet, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
- Silvester Prophet, who landed in Virginia in 1716 
- Frederich Prophet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 
Prophet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Prophet, who arrived in New York in 1864 
Contemporary Notables of the name Prophet (post 1700) +
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1939-2009), American New Age minister, self-proclaimed prophet, author, orator and writer
- Charles William "Chuck" Prophet (b. 1963), American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer
- Ronald Lawrence Victor "Ronnie" Prophet (1937-2018), Canadian two-time Juno Award winning country musician and comedy performer, known for "The Ronnie Prophet Show" (1974), inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
- Orval William Prophet (1922-1984), Canadian country music singer and songwriter, inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
- David Prophet (1937-1981), English racing driver from Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ 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)