This uncommon stop name first appeared in the early 1600's, sometimes in wood, sometimes in stopped metal. Little more about it is known; It is assumed to have been a flute stop imitative of the instrument of the same name. Sumner considers it a synonym for Blockflöte. The name Recordor is mentioned only by Adlung, who says that it �is English, and is said to mean the same thing as Flauto, a flute�. We assume it to be a synonym.
No examples of the spelling Recordor are known. Of the spelling Recorder, Osiris contains seventeen examples at 2' pitch, and five at 4' pitch, all from the late 20th century, with one possible exception: