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

It is thought that the Priddell surname may be one of the Welsh "patronymics," or names created from the father's name. In this case the name was derived from the Welsh "ap Ridel," or "son of Ridel," an ancient Welsh name from the parish of Lillieslead, County Roxburgh.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pritwell, Prittle, Priddle, Pridell, Pritell, Priddell, Pridle, Prittle, Prittell, Pridwell, Priddy, Pridley, Pridie, Pridy, Pribble, Preddle, Prebble and many more.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat. The Welsh, or Ancient British influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But British surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1320 when John Priddle held estates in this county bordering Wales.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priddell research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1455, 1487, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Priddell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Priddell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Pridley settled in Baltimore in 1673; Thomas Priddle, who came to Virginia in 1737; Thomas Priddel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; as well as John Priddle and Mark Priddle, who were both on record in the Ontario census of 1871..

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The Priddell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priddell 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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