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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Origins Available: English, Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Price, Pryce and others.

First found in Merionethshire , 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: Henry Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1622; Hugh Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Edward Price, who came to Virginia in 1623; Maurice Price, who came to Virginia in 1643.

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Motto Translated: Life is short, glory eternal

Suggested Readings for the name Price
Ancestors and Descendants of John Price: Immigrant to Virginia, 1610-11 by Wina Chandler Price, The George Jacob Price Family history by Janice Gartman Lee.

Some noteworthy people of the name Price
  • Vincent Price (1911-1993), noted American film actor and writer
  • Richard H. Price (b. 1943), American physicist known for his work in general relativity
  • James H Price (1878-1943), American politician
  • Peerless Price (b. 1976), American football wide receiver
  • Reynolds Price (1933-2011), American Rhodes Scholar, novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and Professor of English
  • Charles Melvin Price (1905-1988), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Willard DeMille Price (1887-1983), Canadian-born, American natural historian and author of children's fiction
  • Mary Violet Leontyne Price (b. 1927), American operatic soprano and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Richard Price (1723-1791), of Glamorganhire, was a Nonconformist minister and political philosopher, best known for his works supporting the American and French revolutions
  • Noble Ray Price (1926-2013), American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, known as the Cherokee Cowboy, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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