The Prescod name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived near a priest's cottage. The surname is derived from the Old English elements preost,
which meant priest, and cot,
which meant cottage. This is a topographic surname; it is derived from a local
geographical feature, instead of an already existing place-name. It may also denote employment at a priest's cottage. The Prescod name comes from having lived near a priest's cottage; it is derived from the Old English elements "preost," which meant "priest," and "cot," which meant "cottage." As such, this name is classed as a topographic surname; that is, one that is derived from a local geographical feature, rather than from an already existing place-name.
Early Origins of the Prescod family
The surname Prescod was first found in Lancashire
at Prescot, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred
of West Derby. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
While there are also parishes in Oxfordshire
, and Gloucestershire
, it is the Lancashire
location that this family hails. "The Prescotts take their name from a Lancashire
parish; they are also represented in Cheshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
town gave rise to a family that still flourishes in its local
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
While most sources agree on the place of origin of the family and their first stronghold, ironically the first listing of the family used an ancient family spelling in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 as (Heredes) de Prestecote in Oxfordshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) Later, Kirby's Quest listed Adam le Prestecote in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year of Edward III's reign.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
Early History of the Prescod family
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Prescod Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Prescod has undergone many spelling variations
, including Prescott, Presscot, Presscot, Prescot, Prescop and others.
Early Notables of the Prescod family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prescod family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Prescod Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Prescod Sr., U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York 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
The Prescod Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Lux mihi Deus
Motto Translation: God is my light.