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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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Where did the Welsh Price family come from? What is the Welsh Price family crest and coat of arms? When did the Price family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Price family history?

The Welsh name Price is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. The surname Price was originally ap-Rhys, ap-Rice, or ap-Rees: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

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There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Price have included Price, Pryce and others.

First found in Merionethshire (Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Price research. Another 241 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1657, 1628, 1651, 1646, 1648, 1630, 1675, 1660, 1666, 1640, 1660, 1661, 1605, 1678, 1640, 1678, 1671, 1619 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Price History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 285 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Price Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Price family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Price were found:

Price Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Hugh Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Price, who came to Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Price, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Maurice Price, who came to Virginia in 1643


Price Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Price, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Frances Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Conrad Price, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • John Jacob Price, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • George Price, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796

Price Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Ellis Price, who landed in America in 1801
  • David Price, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • Abel Price, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Daniel Price, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Agnes Price, aged 7, arrived in New York in 1862


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  • Vincent Price (1911-1993), noted American film actor and writer
  • Richard H. Price (b. 1943), American physicist known for his work in general relativity
  • James H Price (1878-1943), American politician
  • Peerless Price (b. 1976), American football wide receiver
  • Reynolds Price (1933-2011), American Rhodes Scholar, novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and Professor of English
  • Charles Melvin Price (1905-1988), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Willard DeMille Price (1887-1983), Canadian-born, American natural historian and author of children's fiction
  • Mary Violet Leontyne Price (b. 1927), American operatic soprano and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Richard Price (1723-1791), of Glamorganhire, was a Nonconformist minister and political philosopher, best known for his works supporting the American and French revolutions
  • Noble Ray Price (1926-2013), American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, known as the Cherokee Cowboy, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of John Price: Immigrant to Virginia, 1610-11 by Wina Chandler Price.
  • The George Jacob Price Family history by Janice Gartman Lee.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vita brevis gloria aeterna
Motto Translation: Life is short, glory eternal

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The Price Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Price Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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