This unusual and interesting surname is well recorded particularly in London. It is usually medieval English and job descriptive for a specialist mason, one who literally put the finished "face" on stone work. Medieval fortresses and city walls had deliberately smooth faces to prevent missiles from sticking and making it generally more difficult to "storm" the walls. However in the wilds of old Sussex and Kent, they had the habit of adding "er" to existing names and some modern name holders will probably derive from the personal nickname "face" plus, the suffix "er" to create the patronymic "son of Face". One of the interesting facts of the surname "Facer" is that the spelling has never changed since its development, although "Face" recordings are earlier; one Ernest Feace being recorded in London on June 23rd 1577. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mary Facer, which was dated November 11, 1659, married Salathyell Lovewell at St. Bride's, London, during the reign of Richard Cromwell, "The Lord Protector", 1658 - 1659. 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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  • Facer — Fa cer (f[=a] s[ e]r), n. 1. One who faces; one who puts on a false show; a bold faced person. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] There be no greater talkers, nor boasters, nor fasers. Latimer. [1913 Webster] 2. A blow in the face, as in boxing; hence, any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • facer — (del lat. «facĕre»; ant.) tr. y prnl. Hacer[se]. * * * facer. (Del lat. facĕre). tr. desus. hacer. Era u. t. c. prnl …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Facer — kaldes i et befæstningsanlæg, hvis grundrids er ført efter brudte linjer, alle de linjer, hvorfra frontalilden skal afgives, og som derfor ligger frontalt eller omtrent frontalt på den fjendtlige hovedfremrykningsretning …   Danske encyklopædi

  • facer — (Del lat. facĕre). tr. desus. hacer. Era u. t. c. prnl.) …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • facer — [fās′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that faces 2. [Brit. Informal] any sudden, unexpected difficulty or defeat …   English World dictionary

  • Facer — Infobox Single Name = Facer Format = single (music) Artist = X Marks the Pedwalk Released = 1994 Recorded = 1994 Genre = electropop, electro industrial Length = 18:55 Label = Zoth Ommog Producer = Sevren Ni arb (André Schmechta) Reviews = Last… …   Wikipedia

  • facer — /ˈfeɪsə / (say faysuh) noun 1. someone or something that faces, especially a cutter for smoothing a surface. See face (defs 26 and 29). 2. Colloquial a sudden and severe check; a disconcerting difficulty, problem, etc.: *It was a bit of a facer.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • facer — noun Date: 15th century 1. one that faces 2. British a sudden often stunning check or obstacle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • FACER — v. a. T. du Jeu de la bassette. Amener pour face une carte qui est la même que celle sur laquelle un joueur a mis son argent. Il m a facé d abord. J ai été facé trois fois. FACÉ, ÉE. participe …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • facer — /fay seuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that faces. 2. Informal. a blow in the face. 3. Brit. Informal. an unexpected major difficulty, dilemma, or defeat. [1505 15; FACE + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

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