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The many generations and branches of the Preost family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a priest having derived from the Old English word preost, which means priest. It was also a nickname given to a person with a priestly character, and probably also given to a person with the exact opposite character. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Preost Early Origins



The surname Preost was first found in Hertfordshire, where they held a family seat before the Middle Ages.

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Preost Spelling Variations


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Preost 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 Preost were recorded, including Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.

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Preost Early History


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Preost Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Preost research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1615, 1557, 1579, 1621, 1645 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Preost History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Preost Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Preost Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Agnes Prest (died 1557), an English Protestant martyr burned at the stake at Southernhay in Exeter; Degory Priest ( ca. 1579-1621), A London...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Preost Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Preost In Ireland


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Preost In Ireland



Some of the Preost family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 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



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 Preost family emigrate to North America: John Priest, his wife Sara, and their daughters Mary and Sarah, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"; Degory Priest who also arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower".

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Citations



    Other References

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    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    The Preost Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Preost 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 January 2014 at 14:25.

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