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The ancestors of the name Register date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Register family lived in the region of Rochester in Kent. Register is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Register Early Origins



The surname Register was first found in Kent where the name was first recorded by Bede ( c. 730) under the names of Dorubrevi and Hrofoecoestre. The first reference refers to the Briton name that was derived from "duro" meaning "fortress" or "bridge" while the second reference is derived from the Old English word for "roof" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
. Today Rochester is a town in Kent which dates back to before 43 AD, named Durobrivae by the Romans. Rochester Castle stands on grounds that have been fortified since the Roman arrival. The Norman keep that was built in 1127 still stands majestically today. Rochester is also a small village in Northumberland and Staffordshire. "This parish, anciently called Rocetter, or Roucestre, comprises about 2370 acres." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Register Spelling Variations


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Register Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Register are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Register include: Rochester, Roccester, Wrocester, Wrochester and others.

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Register Early History


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Register Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Register research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Register History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Register Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Register Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Register 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Register or a variant listed above:

Register Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. Layton Register, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1893

Register Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Register, aged 58, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Laytoa Bartol Register, aged 22, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • Edward Register, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Mr. H. C. Register, aged 62, who settled in America, in 1906
  • H. Register, aged 57, who settled in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Register Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Daniel Register U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Register (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Register (post 1700)



  • Samuel M. Register, American politician, Member of Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1855
  • Howell Register, American Democrat politician, Chair of Houston County Democratic Party, 2003
  • Duane Register, American Democrat politician, Chair of Anderson County Democratic Party, 2011
  • B. F. Register, American politician, Mayor of Columbus, Georgia, 1951-52, 1957-59
  • Cheri Register (b. 1945), American author and teacher
  • Sam Register, American Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, at Warner Bros
  • Paul J. Register (1899-1941), United States Navy officer killed in action at Pearl Harbor, namesake of USS Register (DE-308), USS Register (DE-233) and the USS Register (APD-92)
  • John Register (1936-1996), American realist painter

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Suggested Readings for the name Register


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Suggested Readings for the name Register



  • The Registers and our Kin by J. Lamar Wells.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Register Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Register 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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