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.
Early Origins of the Prentis family
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.
Early History of the Prentis family
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Prentis Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Prentis have been found, including Prentice, Prentis, Prentiss, Prentisse and others.
Early Notables of the Prentis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prentis family to Ireland
Some of the Prentis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Prentis family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Prentis, or a variant listed above:
Prentis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Prentis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Prentis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Prentis (post 1700)
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