The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Prence come from its first bearer, who was a person who acted in a regal manner, or who had won the title of prince
in a contest of some sort. Prence is a nickname
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. This surname comes from the Old and Middle French word prince,
which means first.
Early Origins of the Prence family
The surname Prence was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Prence family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prence research.Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1238, 1177, 1327, 1643, 1723, 1600, 1673, 1621, 1788 and 1831 are included under the topic Early Prence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prence Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Prence has been spelled many different ways, including Prince, Prinse and others.
Early Notables of the Prence family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Prince (1643-1723), English biographer and vicar of Totnes and Berry Pomeroy in Devon
, best known for his work "The Worthies of Devon."
Thomas Prence (Prince) (ca.1600-1673), English-born settler to America from Lechlade, Gloucestershire
, arriving aboard the ship "Fortune" in 1621, and later became... Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Prence family to Ireland
Some of the Prence family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Prence family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Prences to arrive in North America:
Prence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Prence, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 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)