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Proctor Name Meaning

English (northern): occupational name from Middle English prok(e)tour ‘steward’ (shortened from Old French procurateour Latin procurator ‘agent’ from procurare ‘to manage’). The term was used most commonly of an attorney in a spiritual court but also of other officials such as collectors of taxes and agents licensed to collect alms on behalf of lepers and enclosed orders of monks.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Porter, Pastor, Doctor, Factor, Rocker, Crofton, Poston, Prior, Proto

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Where is the Proctor family from?

You can see how Proctor families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Proctor family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Proctor families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 81 Proctor families living in Massachusetts. This was about 15% of all the recorded Proctor's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Proctor families in 1840.
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What did your Proctor ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Proctor. 17% of Proctor men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Proctor women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Proctor were Truck Driver and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

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There are 40,000 military records available for the last name Proctor. For the veterans among your Proctor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Proctor lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Proctor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Proctor in 1941 was 63, and 75 in 2004.

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