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

The name Pritchard was a Welsh patronymic surname created from the personal name Richard. The name was originally ap-Richard, the Welsh patronymic prefix "ap-," meaning "son of." The use of the prefix has disappeared over the course of time.


The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Pritchard have included Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.

First found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pritchard research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1750, 1681, 1672, 1681, 1632, 1705, 1672, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Pritchard History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pritchard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Pritchard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Pritchard were found:

Pritchard Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Pritchard, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Pallardary Pritchard, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Richard Pritchard, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Evan Pritchard settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Abraham Pritchard, who arrived in Maryland in 1662

Pritchard Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • William Pritchard settled in Maryland in 1734
  • Nicklas Pritchard, who landed in New York in 1795

Pritchard Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Pritchard, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mariena Pritchard, who arrived in New York in 1815
  • John Pritchard, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1827
  • James Pritchard settled in Open Hole (now Open Hall) in 1830
  • James Pritchard, who landed in America in 1831

Pritchard Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Pritchard, who landed in Colorado in 1901


  • 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



  • My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.

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