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This old, proud name is a patronymic name created from the Welsh personal name Rhydderc, Riderch, or Roderick, all of which mean "reddish-brown." The surname Prothero features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap-," which means "son of." The original form of the name was ap-Rhydderc, or ap-Riderch, but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

Prothero Early Origins



The surname Prothero was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Prothero Spelling Variations


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Prothero Spelling Variations



Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Prothero has occasionally been spelled Protheroe, Prytherch, Prothers, Rhydderch and others.

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Prothero Early History


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Prothero Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prothero research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prothero History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prothero Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prothero Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Prothero 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



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Prothero:

Prothero Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Evan Prothero, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693

Prothero Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Evan Prothero, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prothero (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prothero (post 1700)



  • Stephen Prothero, American professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books on religion in America
  • Mark W. Prothero (1957-2014), American attorney in Washington State, best known for serving as defense co-counsel for the Green River Killer, serial killer Gary Ridgway
  • Dan Prothero, San Francisco-based independent record producer, recording engineer, and record collector
  • Rolla W. Prothero, American politician, Mayor of Baraboo, Wisconsin, 1951-54
  • John A. Prothero, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1892
  • Gareth John Prothero (b. 1941), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Rowland Edmund Prothero (1851-1937), British administrator, author, and politician, created 1st Baron Ernle in 1919
  • Sir George Walter Prothero (1848-1922), English writer and historian, a former President of the Royal Historical Society

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Motto


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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: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. 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.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Prothero Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prothero 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.

    This page was last modified on 5 December 2016 at 06:30.

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