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Prime History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Prime was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a slender or a small man having derived from the Old French word prim, meaning delicate.

Early Origins of the Prime family


The surname Prime was first found in Sussex where they acquired the manor of Walberton House.

Early History of the Prime family


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Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1596, 1671, 1704, 1628, 1629 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Prime History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prime Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pryme, Prime and others.

Early Notables of the Prime family (pre 1700)


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Prime (1550-1596), English divine, son of Robert Prime, a butcher of Oxford, born in the parish of Holywell. Abraham de la Pryme (1671-1704), was an Presbyterian minister and English antiquary and descendant of a Huguenot family which migrated from Ypres in Flanders in...
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Migration of the Prime family to Ireland


Some of the Prime family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Prime family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Prime or a variant listed above:

Prime Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mark Prime, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Mark Prime, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1648 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Abigail Prime, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Nicholas Prime, who settled in Philadelphia in 1683
  • Nicholas Prime, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683-1684 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Prime Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Prime, who settled in New England in 1725

Prime Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Prime, who landed in America in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alfred Prime, aged 36, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Prime Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nathan Prime, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  • Philip Prime, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.

Contemporary Notables of the name Prime (post 1700)


  • Edward Dorr Griffin Prime (1814-1891), American clergyman and journalist
  • Samuel Irenæus Prime (1812-1885), American clergyman, traveler, and writer
  • Benjamin Young Prime (1733-1791), American poet, essayist, and songwriter
  • Victor W. Prime, American Republican politician, Chair of Essex County Republican Party, 1910
  • T. J. Prime (1883-1967), American politician, Mayor of Bergenfield, New Jersey, 1918-22
  • Spencer G. II Prime (b. 1883), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Essex County, 1912-13
  • Spencer G. Prime, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Essex County, 1887-88
  • Michael A. Prime, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Fred L. Prime, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 4th District, 1974
  • James Prime, Scottish musician

The Prime Motto


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: Nil invita minerva
Motto Translation: Nothing contrary to one’s genius.


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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.

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