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Where did the English Priest family come from? What is the English Priest family crest and coat of arms? When did the Priest family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Priest family history?The ancient name of Priest finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a priest having derived from the Old English word preost, which means priest. It was also a nickname given to a person with a priestly character, and probably also given to a person with the exact opposite character. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Priest family name include Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priest research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1615, 1557, 1579, 1621 and 102 are included under the topic Early Priest History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 81 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Priest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Priest family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Priest surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Priest Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Priest Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Priest Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Priest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priest 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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