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Where did the English Prestwich family come from? What is the English Prestwich family crest and coat of arms? When did the Prestwich family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Prestwich family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Prestwich comes from when the family resided in Prestwick, Northumberland, or in Prestwich, in Cheshire. Prestwich is now part of Greater Manchester. The place names Prestwick and Prestwich have an identical etymology; they are derived from the Old English words preost, which meant priest, and wic, which meant farm. The place names taken as a whole mean "priest's farm."
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Prestwich include Prestwick, Preswick, Preswicke, Prestwich and others.
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prestwich research. Another 312 words(22 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Prestwich History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Prestwich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Prestwich family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 100 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Prestwich Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Prestwich Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.
The Prestwich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prestwich 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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