This surname of PREACHER was of the official group of surnames 'the preacher' one who was set apart to preach sermons. The name was derived from the Old French word PRECHEOR, and was brought into England during the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The earliest of the name on record appears to be John le PRECHEUR, who was recorded in Nottingham in the year 1273. John le PRECHUR was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Many of the modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. A later instance of the name mentions Jane, daughter of William PREACHER, who was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1750. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with. In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization. The associated coat of the for the name PREACHER are recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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