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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.

First found in Glamorganshire , where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles Pritchard who settled in Virginia in 1663; along with Daniel, Thomas and Pallardary; William Pritchard settled in Maryland in 1734; Thomas Pritchard settled in New England in 1679.

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Suggested Readings for the name Pritchard
My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.

Some noteworthy people of the name Pritchard
  • Lauren Pritchard (b. 1987), American soul singer, songwriter and actress
  • David Pritchard, American physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michael Robert Pritchard (b. 1969), former professional American NFL football player
  • Ronald David "Ron" Pritchard (b. 1947), former American football linebacker and professional wrestler
  • James Bennett Pritchard (1909-1997), American archeologist
  • James Pritchard (b. 1961), American heavyweight professional boxer
  • Captain Charlie Pritchard (1882-1916), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Mathew Pryderi Pritchard (b. 1973), Welsh professional skateboarder
  • Mark Owen Pritchard (b. 1985), Welsh footballer
  • John Pritchard (1921-1989), British orchestra conductor

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