Preedy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It is thought that the Preedy surname may be one of the Welsh "patronymics," or names created from the father's name. In this case the name was derived from the Welsh "ap Ridel," or "son of Ridel," an ancient Welsh name. [1]

Early Origins of the Preedy family

The surname Preedy was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat. The family name was first referenced in the year 1320 when John Priddle held estates in this county bordering Wales.

Priddy is a parish, in the union of Wells, hundred of Wells-Forum in Somerset that dates back to at least 1182 when it was first listed as Pridia and probably meant "earth house" from the Celtic word "prith" + "ti". [2] Steeped in ancient history, Priddy Circles, a Stone circle or Henge monument are nearby.

Early History of the Preedy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Preedy research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1641, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Preedy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Preedy Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pritwell, Prittle, Priddle, Pridell, Pritell, Priddell, Pridle, Prittle, Prittell, Pridwell, Priddy, Pridley, Pridie, Pridy, Pribble, Preddle, Prebble and many more.

Early Notables of the Preedy family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Preedy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Preedy family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Pridley settled in Baltimore in 1673; Thomas Priddle, who came to Virginia in 1737; Thomas Priddel, who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; as well as John Priddle and Mark Priddle, who were both on record in the Ontario census of 1871..



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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