Origin of the PRATER Surname From ENGLISH ANCESTRAL NAMES, The Evolution of the
Surname from Medieval
Occupations, by J, R, Dolan, Crown Publishers, 1972, he writes under:
Castles and Manor Houses
"Both the PRATER and the REAVES names mean essentially the same thing in
that they belong to men of authority. They may not always have been the
top man in a manor, but they were certainly close to it. The Latin word
praetor meant 'an assistant', while reeve meant 'a trusted servant.'"
Lawmen and Officials
"PRATER, PRAETER, and PRETOR have a Latin root praetor. In 1150, there
was a Willelmus Pretor. He was known as either a reeve or a sheriff,
because that is the job he held, but PRETER, or one of its variations,
was the name given to him and his family."
the surnames PRATER / PRATHER / PRAYTHER / PRATOR / PRAYTOR / PRAYTER
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