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

Prinse is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who acted in a regal manner, or who had won the title of prince in a contest of some sort. Prinse is a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. This surname comes from the Old and Middle French word prince, which means first.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Prinse were recorded, including Prince, Prinse and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prinse research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1238, 1177, 1327, 1643, 1723, 1600, 1673, 1621, 1788 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Prinse History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 213 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prinse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Prinse family emigrate to North America: James Prince, who came to Virginia in 1638; along with Edmund in 1643; Edward in 1635; Edward in 1646; Thomas in 1639; Thomas Prince settled in Plymouth in 1621 a year after the "Mayflower".

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