Precious History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Precious name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Prestwick, Northumberland, or in Prestwich, in Cheshire. Prestwich is now part of Greater Manchester. The place names Prestwick and Prestwich have an identical etymology; they are derived from the Old English words preost, which meant priest, and wic, which meant farm. The place names taken as a whole mean "priest's farm."

Early Origins of the Precious family

The surname Precious was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Precious family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Precious research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1250 is included under the topic Early Precious History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Precious Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Precious were recorded, including Prestwick, Preswick, Preswicke, Prestwich and others.

Early Notables of the Precious family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Precious family to Ireland

Some of the Precious family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Precious migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Precious Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Precious, (b. 1810), aged 21, English convict who was convicted in East Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Exmouth" on 3rd March 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1832 [1]


The Precious 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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th May 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/exmouth


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