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

The surname Pruett is derived from the Middle English word "prou," meaning "brave," or "valiant," with the addition of either of two common diminutive suffixes: "-et" or "-ot." As such, this name is thought to have originally been a nickname for someone small, but brave.


Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Pruett has occasionally been spelled Pruett, Prewitt, Prewett, Pruet, Prewert and others.

First found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, 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 Pruett research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1278 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Pruett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Pruett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Pruett

Pruett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Oliver Pruett, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • William Pruett, who arrived in Maryland in 1676

Pruett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Pruett settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1729
  • Mary Pruett and her husband arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771

Pruett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josiah Pruett, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • J. Pruett and his wife Mary arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


  • Brianna Lea Pruett (1983-2015), American singer-songwriter, musician, painter, poet and filmmaker
  • Jeanne Pruett (b. 1937), American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star
  • Kyle D Pruett M.D., Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry
  • Hubert Shelby Pruett (1900-1982), American professional baseball player
  • Donald Scott Pruett (b. 1960), American NASCAR race car driver
  • Mr. Harry Roberts Pruett, British Midshipman Royal Navy Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking


  • The Pruett (Pruitt) Family by Haskell Pruett.
  • Pruett Past & Present by Dorothy Sturgis Pruett.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.


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