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The origins of the Anglo-Saxon name Prince come from its first bearer, who was a person who acted in a regal manner, or who had won the title of prince in a contest of some sort. Prince 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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The surname Prince was 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.

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Prince has been spelled many different ways, including Prince, Prinse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prince 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 Prince 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 Prince Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Princes to arrive in North America:

Prince Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Prince settled in Plymouth in 1621
  • Edward Prince, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • James Prince, who came to Virginia in 1638
  • Thomas Prince, who came to Virginia in 1639
  • Thomas Prince, who arrived in Virginia in 1639


Prince Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Prince, who landed in Bermuda in 1717

Prince Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Prince, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1812
  • George Prince, aged 33, landed in New York, NY in 1836
  • Nancy Prince, aged 30, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1842
  • Rufus Prince, aged 35, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • Emilio Le Prince, aged 14, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860


Prince Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Anthony Prince, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. John Prince U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. John Prince U.E. who settled in Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1825

Prince Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Nehemiah B Prince, who landed in Canada in 1830

Prince Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Prince arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Sarah Prince arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Ellen Prince arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • John Prince, aged 48, a butcher, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • James Prince, English Convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


Prince Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Edward Prince, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Mary Prince, aged 35, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • William Prince arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Matilda Prince arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • George Prince arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857


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  • Linda Marie Prince, American from San Diego, California, USA, aged 29, who worked aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Faith Prince (b. 1957), American actress and singer
  • Erik Dean Prince (b. 1969), former U.S. Navy SEAL, founder of Blackwater Worldwide in 1997
  • Charles O. "Chuck" Prince III (b. 1950), American former chief executive officer and chairman of Citigroup
  • Robert "Bob" Ferris Prince (1916-1985), American radio and television sportscaster
  • Bevin Anne Prince (b. 1982), American actress
  • Anthony P. Prince, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for New Hampshire, 1972
  • Anthony L. Prince, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960
  • Alpheus Prince, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1860
  • Antonio Prince, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1936

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  • Peince and Davis of Tennessee by Robert W. Layton.
  • Prince Family Prince: The Story of 1400 Princes across America by Pete Prince.
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  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Prince Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prince 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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