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Prato History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Italian


The Prato surname comes from the word Latin "praetor," and was a term used for a reeve, the chief magistrate or bailiff of a district. Additionally, the name could have meant "leader." The Pretorius variant is a common Afrikaans surname which is unique to South Africa.

Early Origins of the Prato family


The surname Prato was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1150 when Willelmus Pretor held estates in that shire. Later, Robertus Preter was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1208.

By the 16th century, early spelling variations of the name appeared in Germany including Jacob Praetorius the Elder (c. 1520-1586), the German organist and composer. He was the first of many listed in this century, but how the English and German families are related is unknown. Moreover how the South African variant Pretorius became so popular there is again unknown.


Early History of the Prato family


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Prato Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Prater, Preater, Prather, Pretor, Prether and many more.

Early Notables of the Prato family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Prato family to Ireland


Some of the Prato family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 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 Prato family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prato Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alberto Prato, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Comuneglia, Italy, in 1910
  • Angelo Prato, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from Crescentino, Novara, Italy, in 1910
  • Andrea Prato, aged 26, who landed in America from Atrani, Italy, in 1912
  • Andrea Prato, aged 32, who settled in America from Genoa, Italy, in 1913
  • Angela Prato, aged 36, who landed in America from Cigiano, Italy, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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