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TRANSLATION:

The horse a symbol of Speed and Intellect.  Azure (blue)          denotes Truth and Loyalty.


CREST:

The horse of the arms issuing from a crown or.


ORIGIN:

Germany

The German family name of FRATER is classified as being of nickname origin and is a variant of FRETER, which is derived from the Middle Low German verb 'vreten', meaning 'to devour', indicating 'one who was fond of eating, a glutton'.  Variants of the surname FRATER include FRATER and FRETER.

One of the earliest referrences  to this  name or to  a varaint is a record of one Andreas Frater, son of Jorg and Anna
Frater, who was baptised in Chemnitz, Saxony, in 1551.  Anna Frater and Jorg Herste were married in the Church of St. Jacobi in Chemnitz in 1568 and the baptism of Maria Frater took place in the same church in 1573.

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Frater is also Latin for 'brother'. The name could also be derived from an occupation, as someone serving in a refectory of an Abby.
Some of the earliest recordings of the name in Great Britian is  St.Dunstan's, London in 1595, Cannongate, Midlothianin 1646, St.Andrew's, Northumberland, and Melrose, Roxburgh in 1647.
The name is mostly concentrated in the border areas of England and Scotland

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