Prager History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Welsh name Prager is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Roger. The surname Prager was originally ap-Roger: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.
Early Origins of the Prager family
The surname Prager was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Prager family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prager research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1621 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Prager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prager Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Prager have included Proger, Progers, Prodger and others.
Early Notables of the Prager family (pre 1700)
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Prager migration to the United States +
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Prager:
Prager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Christoph Prager, who landed in America in 1783 
Prager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Prager, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857 
- Julius Prager, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 
Contemporary Notables of the name Prager (post 1700) +
- Martin Prager Mayer (1928-2019), American economist, writer of 35 non-fiction books
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)