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Prentice is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a student in a craft; an apprentice having derived from the Old English word aprentis, which meant "learner of a craft." In the Middle Ages, workers and tradesmen didn't learn occupations in school. Instead, they would find an accomplished master of the craft and learn it directly from them in return for free labor during the period of apprenticeship. This is not an occupational surname for apprenticeship is not an occupation per se. It is instead how a person would learn an occupation. Often, the surname was recorded of people who had long finished their apprenticeships, and therefore could not be called one anymore. Instead, they were given the name for exhibiting typical characteristics of an apprentice: clumsiness, eagerness, and other characteristics of callow youth even into their adulthood.

Prentice Early Origins



The surname Prentice was first found in Essex 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.

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Prentice Spelling Variations


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Prentice 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 Prentice were recorded, including Prentice, Prentis, Prentiss, Prentisse and others.

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Prentice Early History


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Prentice Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prentice research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the year 1327 is included under the topic Early Prentice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prentice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prentice Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Prentice In Ireland


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Prentice In Ireland



Some of the Prentice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Prentice family emigrate to North America:

Prentice Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Valentine Prentice, who arrived in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Henry Prentice, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Thomas Prentice, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1652
  • Valentine Prentice, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Prentice, who landed in Maryland in 1660
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prentice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John and Thomas Prentice arrived in Philadelphia in 1808

Prentice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Prentice, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1900

Prentice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Prentice U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Richard Prentice U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1785 he was a Blacksmith [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel Prentice U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Prentice Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Geo Prentice, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Jane Prentice, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848

Prentice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Prentice, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • W. Prentice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849
  • John Prentice arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" in 1851

Prentice Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Emily Prentice arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • Margaret Prentice, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • William Prentice, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • Theodorsia Prentice, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
  • William John Prentice, aged 1, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prentice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prentice (post 1700)



  • Travis Jason Prentice (b. 1976), American former NFL football running back
  • Jordan Prentice (b. 1973), Canadian dwarf actor from London, Ontario, best known for his portrayal of Rock in American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile (2006)
  • John Prentice (1920-1999), American cartoonist, best known for his work on comic strip Rip Kirby, recipient of the National Cartoonist Society Story Comic Strip Award (1966, 1967, and 1986)
  • George Dennison Prentice (1802-1870), American editor of the Louisville Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, creator of the fictional guerrilla "Sue Mundy" whop taunted the Union Commander of the State
  • Beatrice Prentice (1884-1977), American stage actress
  • Alta Rockefeller Prentice (1871-1962), American activist
  • Levi Wells Prentice (1851-1935), American still life and landscape painter
  • David R. Prentice (b. 1943), American artist
  • David Prentice (b. 1936), English artist and former art teacher, one of four founding members of the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 1964
  • Leslie Prentice (1887-1928), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Prentice Historic Events


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Prentice Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frank Winnold Prentice, aged 22, English Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 4

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Suggested Readings for the name Prentice


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Suggested Readings for the name Prentice



  • Valentine Prentice By Linus Joseph Dewald.

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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Prentice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prentice Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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