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Prescott is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Prescott family once 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 Prescott 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.

Prescott Early Origins



The surname Prescott was first found in Devon 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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Prescott Spelling Variations


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Prescott Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Prescott family name include Prescott, Presscot, Presscot, Prescot, Prescop and others.

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Prescott Early History


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Prescott Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prescott research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1726, 1789, 1815, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Prescott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prescott Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prescott Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prescott Notables 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Prescott surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Prescott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Prescott, who settled in Watertown in 1640
  • John Prescott, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1641
  • Jonas Prescott, who landed in New England in 1646
  • Walter Prescott, who landed in Maryland in 1653
  • Henry Prescott settled in Maryland in 1697

Prescott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles W E Prescott, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • James Prescott, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1851
  • George Prescott, who arrived in Illinois in 1856-1864
  • Francis Prescott, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Prescott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jonathan Prescott, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Prescott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Prescott a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Christian Prescott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • William Augustus Prescott a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Alfred Charles Prescott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • Edward Prescott a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Winchester" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prescott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rueben Prescott, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Prescott, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Thomas Prescott, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • John Prescott, aged 21, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prescott (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prescott (post 1700)



  • William Warren Prescott (1855-1944), American administrator, educator, and scholar in the early Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859), American historian and Hispanist
  • Robert Prescott, American actor, best known for his role as Kent in the 1985 hit comedy film Real Genius
  • Samuel Cate Prescott (1872-1962), American food scientist and microbiologist
  • Richard Prescott (1725-1788), British Colonel of the 7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fuzileers) (1776-1788), captured twice during the American Revolution
  • Peter S. Prescott (d. 2004), American author and book critic, senior book reviewer at Newsweek
  • Norman "Norm" Prescott (1927-2005), American co-founder and executive producer at Filmation Associates
  • Katherine Prescott, American 6th President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving serving from 1995 to 1997
  • James W. Prescott (b. 1930), American developmental psychologist
  • Benjamin Franklin Prescott (1833-1895), American lawyer, newspaper editor, and politician, 36th Governor of New Hampshire (1877-1879)
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Prescott Historic Events


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Prescott Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Marcus R Prescott (b. 1905), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Leigh, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Bertha Prescott, (née Martin), English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada returning to her injured husband, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Prescott


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Suggested Readings for the name Prescott



  • European Ancestry of the Prescott Family of America by Doris Cline Ward.
  • Leaves from the Prescott Family Tree by Bertha Klicka Mannen.

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Motto


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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.


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WINCHESTER 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Winchester.htm

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  11. ...

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