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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.


The surname Pruett was 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.

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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


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
  • Robert Pruett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 2010
  • R. H. Pruett, American politician, Mayor of Baytown, Texas, 1954-55
  • Kim Pruett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008
  • James Pruett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1948
  • Homer L. Pruett, American Democrat politician, Chair of Lafayette County Democratic Party, 1949; Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Lafayette County, 1950; Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1956
  • Fred Pruett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1960
  • Robert L. Pruett, American Republican politician, Member of Nevada State House of Representatives, 1950
  • Jeanne Pruett (b. 1937), American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star
  • Kyle D Pruett M.D., Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry
  • ...

Pruett Historic Events

HMS Prince of Wales

  • 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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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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    The Pruett Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 March 2016 at 14:03.

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