The origins of the Welsh
name Preece go back to those ancient Celts
known as the Britons
that once occupied the hills and Moors
. This old Welsh
surname is from the Welsh personal name
Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. This name was originally derived from the Old Welsh
forename Ris, which means ardour.
Early Origins of the Preece family
The surname Preece 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
. Sir Elidir Dhu who flourished temp.
Richard I., was the direct descendant of the family of Rees of Killymaenllwyd, county Carmarthen. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
"In 1115, Grufydd ab Rhys, Prince of South Wales, took sanctuary in the church of Aberdaron, from the treachery of Grufydd ab Cynan, sovereign of North Wales, who intended to deliver him into the hands of the English monarch, Henry I. The young prince escaped with his partisans by night, and set forward on his journey to the deep forest of Strath Towy, in South Wales, where, having collected the adherents of his family, he commenced hostilities against the Norman and Flemish settlers. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Wales. Institute of Historical Research, 1849, Print.
Early History of the Preece family
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Preece Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Preece has seen various spelling variations: Rees, Reece, Rhys, Ap Rhys and others.
Early Notables of the Preece family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Preece family to Ireland
Some of the Preece family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Preece family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Preece:
Preece Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Preece, who landed in Maryland in 1845 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)
- Arthur Preece, aged 19, who landed in America from Malvern, in 1898
- Joseph Preece, aged 32, who landed in America from Coventry, in 1898
- Anne Preece, aged 54, who settled in America from Salop, in 1899
Preece Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frank Preece, aged 34, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1902
- Frederick Preece, aged 26, who emigrated to America from Birmingham, in 1903
- Edgar Preece, aged 20, who landed in America from Lemington, in 1904
- Arthur Preece, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Tipton, in 1904
- Clarice Preece, aged 5, who settled in America from Stoke-on-Trent, in 1904
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Preece Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Alice Preece, aged 31, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1912
Preece Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Harriet Preece, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
- W. Preece, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
- Jane Preece, Welsh convict from Swansea, Glamorganshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
Preece Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mary A. Preece, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
Contemporary Notables of the name Preece (post 1700)
- Warren Eversleigh Preece (1921-2007), American editor of Encyclopædia Britannica (1964 to 1975)
- Steven Packer "Steve" Preece (b. 1947), former American professional football player
- Trevor Preece (1882-1965), Welsh cricketer
- Sir William Henry Preece (1834-1913), Welsh electrical engineer and inventor
- Ian Preece (b. 1982), Welsh professional snooker player
- Greg Preece (b. 1972), Canadian writer, comic, and actor
- Henry Preece (1867-1937), English cricketer
- Helen Preece (b. 1897), British Olympic equestrian
- Roger Preece (b. 1969), English professional footballer
- Benjamin Edward Ashley Preece (b. 1976), former English cricketer
- ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the Preece family
- Mr. Preece, British Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
- Mr. John W Preece, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
The Preece 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: Spes melioris aevi
Motto Translation: The hope of a better age.