Teaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Teaster family

The surname Teaster was first found in Oxfordshire where the name is more often than not, thought to have been derived from an early French baptismal name Testard which is found in the Pipe Rolls of 1131. [1]

Not all of the family emigrated to England as William Testard was listed in Normandy (1180-1195). [2]

By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the name was somewhat scattered: Henry Testard, Huntingdonshire; Robert Testard, Suffolk and Ralph Testard, Yorkshire. [3]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Testard and Johannes Testard.

As if to attest the French influence, one noted author states: "A family of this name in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, are said to be descended from a Frenchman who was 'taster' to Mary, Queen of Scots, whom he accompanied from France. If this is correct the name may be from Ancient French tester, testar, assayer. More likely, however, the name is same as Testard. " [4]

Early History of the Teaster family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Teaster research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1135, 1172, 1230, 1273, 1379, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Teaster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Teaster Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Testerd, Testart, Testar, Tester, Testard and others.

Early Notables of the Teaster family (pre 1700)

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

United States Teaster migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Teaster Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Katherine Teaster, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [5]
  • Robert Teaster, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Teaster (post 1700) +

  • Hope B. Teaster, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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)

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