name Proser is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Rosser, which also took the form Rhosier. The surname Proser was originally ap-Rosser or ap-Rhosier: the distinctive Welsh
patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time. There has also been suggestion that the name is a Welsh
transformation of the Gaelic name "Mac Ruaidhri."
Early Origins of the Proser family
The surname Proser was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. The form Rosser was found in Chancery, where a Morres Rosser was recorded in Wales
in 1100, in the "Calendar of Proceedings in Chancery" published during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century.
Early History of the Proser family
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Proser Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Proser have included Prosser, Prousser, Proser, Prouser, Prossar, Rosser, Roser, Rossear and many more.
Early Notables of the Proser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Proser family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Proser Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Benjamin Proser U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1785, was a Yeoman CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X