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Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Pressley is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or near a clearing in a wood owned by priests. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English elements preost, which means priest, and leah, which means forest clearing. The name as a whole therefore means "dweller in or near the forest clearing owned by priests." There are several places that have this name; they are found in Bedfordshire, Hertsfordshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Pressley Early Origins



The surname Pressley was first found in Yorkshire 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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Pressley Spelling Variations


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Pressley Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pressley has been spelled many different ways, including Priestley, Priestly, Preistley,Pressley and others.

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Pressley Early History


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Pressley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pressley research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Pressley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pressley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pressley Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Pressley 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pressleys to arrive in North America:

Pressley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Pressley, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Pressley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Pressley, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

Pressley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Pressley, who landed in South Carolina in 1830

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pressley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pressley (post 1700)



  • Henry Roosevelt Pressley Sr. (1945-2005), African American blues and soul instrumentalist
  • DeMario Pressley (b. 1985), American NFL football defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears
  • Toni Pressley (b. 1990), American professional soccer defender
  • Chris Pressley (b. 1986), American professional NBA football player for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Harold Pressley (b. 1963), American former professional NBA basketball player
  • Robert Pressley (b. 1959), American former NASCAR driver
  • Gloria B. Pressley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996, 2000
  • E. F. Pressley, American politician, Mayor of DeRidder, Louisiana, 1912-14
  • Steven John "Elvis" Pressley (b. 1973), retired Scottish footballer, current manager of Scottish First Division club Falkirk

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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: Respice finem
Motto Translation: Regard the end.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. 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.
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    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. 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).
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    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. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Pressley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pressley 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 3 June 2016 at 08:27.

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