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The name Prieto reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Prieto family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest in 1066. Prieto is a name for a monastic official immediately subordinate to an abbot having derived from the Old English word prior, meaning superior, and indicates that the original bearer of the name held this position.

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The surname Prieto was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Prior, Pryor and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prieto research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1125, 1664, 1721, 1680, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Prieto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prieto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Prieto family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Prieto or a variant listed above:

Prieto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Diego Prieto, who landed in America in 1812
  • Bernard Prieto, aged 45, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1822
  • Jose Prieto, aged 46, arrived in Puerto Rico in 1827
  • Salvador Prieto, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1834
  • Juan Prieto, who landed in Columbia in 1836


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  • Vincent Prieto (b. 1960), American Democratic Party politician
  • Claudio Prieto (1934-2015), Spanish composer
  • Alejandro Antonio Prieto (b. 1976), Major League Baseball second baseman from Venezuela
  • Julio Prieto (b. 1960), Spanish footballer
  • Audrey Prieto (b. 1980), female freestyle wrestler from France
  • Livio Armando Prieto (b. 1981), Argentine footballer
  • Marta Prieto (b. 1978), Spanish professional golfer
  • Rodrigo Prieto (b. 1965), Mexican cinematographer
  • Francine Prieto (b. 1981), former Spanish award-winning child star, a fashion model and movie actress
  • Rodrigo Prieto (b. 1983), Mexican football player

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