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The Welsh name Prosser is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Rosser, which also took the form Rhosier. The surname Prosser 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."

Prosser Early Origins



The surname Prosser 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.

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Prosser Spelling Variations


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Prosser Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. 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 could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Prosser have included Prosser, Prousser, Proser, Prouser, Prossar, Rosser, Roser, Rossear and many more.

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Prosser Early History


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Prosser Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prosser research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1237 are included under the topic Early Prosser History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prosser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prosser Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Prosser:

Prosser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Prosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1628
  • Thomas Prosser settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Thomas Prosser, aged 20, landed in Barbados in 1634
  • George Prosser settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Morris Prosser, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prosser Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elis Prosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Anthony Prosser, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Jonathan Prosser, who arrived in America in 1765

Prosser Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Prosser, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Francis H Prosser, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • William Prosser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869
  • George Prosser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Owen Prosser, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prosser Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mary Prosser, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Richard Prosser U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]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

Prosser Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Prosser, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  • Caroline Prosser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • Charles John Prosser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1847
  • Edward Prosser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Prosser arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prosser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Prosser arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Joseph Prosser, aged 34, a cabinet maker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Mary Prosser, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prosser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prosser (post 1700)



  • Major-General Walter Evans Prosser (1882-1981), American Commanding General Central Signal Unit Training Center in 1945
  • David Prosser Jr. (b. 1942), American justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • William Farrand Prosser (1834-1911), American Republican politician, Member of Tennessee State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Tennessee 5th District, 1869-71
  • Joseph F. Prosser, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Cleveland, Ohio, 1949-54 (acting, 1949-50)
  • George Henry Prosser (b. 1867), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Adelaide, 1907-11
  • Earl W. Prosser, American politician, Member of Michigan Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1947
  • David T. Prosser Jr. (b. 1942), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1979-96; Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, 1995-96; Justice of Wisconsin State Supreme Court, 1998-
  • Audrey Prosser, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972
  • William H. Prosser, American Republican politician, Mayor of Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1964
  • Hugh Prosser (1900-1952), American Hollywood actor
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Prosser Historic Events


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Prosser Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Prosser, British Air Mechanician, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Prosser


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Suggested Readings for the name Prosser



  • Bachelder of Alamo (also Prosser Family) by Glen L. Bachelder.

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Prosser Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Prosser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prosser Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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