This interesting surname, with variant forms Tester, Testar and Testard, if of French origin, and was originally given as a nickname for somebody with a large head, from the Old French word "testard", a pejorative of "teste", head (from the Late Latin "testa", an earthenware pot). A sizeable group of early European surnames were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. These were given in the first instance with reference to occupation, or to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, supposed resemblance to an animal's or bird's appearance or disposition, or to habits of dress. The name itself dates from the early 12th Century: Hugh Testard was recorded in 1172, in Documents illustrative of the Social and Economic History of the Danelaw. Other early recordings include: Henry Testard, recorded in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire; Thomas Tester, recorded in the 1551 Sussex Wills; and the christening of Walter, son of Walter Testor, on July 10th 1643, at St. Benet's, Paul's Wharf, London. Elizabeth Tester, an early settler in the New World, died in the parish of St. Michael's, Barbados, on March 10th 1678, according to the parish register of that time. The earliest recording of the surname in the Church Registers of Hampshire was that of the marriage of Mary Tester and Richard Stephens, on September 8th 1734, at Droxford. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Testard, which was dated 1135, in the "Cartulary of Osney Abbey", Oxfordshire, during the reign of King Stephen, known as "Count of Blois", 1135 - 1154. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • tester — 1. (tè sté) v. n. Déclarer par acte ce que l on veut qui soit exécuté après sa mort. •   Un dépit.... les fait tester ; ils s apaisent et déchirent leur minute, LA BRUY. XIV. •   La permission indéfinie de tester, accordée chez les Romains, ruina …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • tester — UK US /ˈtestər/ noun [C] ► a person or a machine that tests something: »He got a job as a software tester. »They are the world s top maker of memory chip testers. ► MARKETING a small amount of a product in a container that you can try in order to …   Financial and business terms

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  • tester — Tester. v. n. Laisser un tesmoignage authentique de sa derniere volonté, afin qu elle soit executée aprés la mort. Il est mort sans tester. il y a plus de dix ans qu il a testé. il n a testé que de ses meubles. un religieux ne peut pas tester …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Tester — Tes ter, n. [For testern, teston, fr. F. teston, fr. OF. teste the head, the head of the king being impressed upon the coin. See {Tester} a covering, and cf. {Testone}, {Testoon}.] An old French silver coin, originally of the value of about… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tester — Tes ter, n. [OE. testere a headpiece, helmet, OF. testiere, F. t[^e]ti[ e]re a head covering, fr. OF. teste the head, F. t[^e]te, fr. L. testa an earthen pot, the skull. See {Test} a cupel, and cf. {Testi[ e]re}.] 1. A headpiece; a helmet. [Obs.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • tester — tester1 [tes′tər] n. a person or thing that tests tester2 [tes′tər] n. [ME testere < OFr testiere, headpiece, crown of a hat < teste, the head < L testa: see TEST1] a canopy, as over a bed tester3 [tes′tər] n. [altered < MFr testa …   English World dictionary

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