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The name Press comes from one of the family having 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.

Press Early Origins



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

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Press Spelling Variations


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Press 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 Press have been found, including: Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.

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Press Early History


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Press Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Press 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 Press History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Press Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Press 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 Press Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Press In Ireland


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Press In Ireland



Some of the Press 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



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. Among the first immigrants of the name Press, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Press Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Press, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Nich Press, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Sibill Press, who arrived in Virginia in 1664

Press Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Englehard Press, who arrived in America in 1807
  • Charlotte Press, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • Michael Press, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1854
  • Jacob Press, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860

Press Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ignatz Press, who arrived in Alabama in 1921

Press Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Press, who landed in Canada in 1832

Press Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edmund Press, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • William Press arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Amelia Press arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Frederick Press arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Lucy Press arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm

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Contemporary Notables of the name Press (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Press (post 1700)



  • Ben Press (1924-2016), American tennis player, coach, and writer
  • Robert Press, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 21st District, 1920
  • Dolores M. Press, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988

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Press Historic Events


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Press Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Mary Jane Press, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. 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.
  4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Press Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Press 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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