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The name Prest is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who 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.

Prest Early Origins



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

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Prest Spelling Variations


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Prest Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Prest include Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.

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Prest Early History


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Prest Early History



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

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Prest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Prest In Ireland


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Prest In Ireland



Some of the Prest 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Prest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Prest, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • Tho Prest, who landed in Virginia in 1665
  • William Prest, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Elizabeth Prest, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Prest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Prest, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1841

Prest Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Prest, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast"
  • Jonathan Prest, aged 26, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prest (post 1700)



  • Steve Prest (1966-2009), English professional snooker player and coach
  • Charles Henry Prest (1841-1875), English amateur first-class cricketer
  • Thomas Walsh "Tommy" Prest (1908-1987), English professional footballer
  • Sid Prest, Canadian politician for the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
  • Martín Prest (b. 1978), Argentine football striker

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Prest Historic Events


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Prest Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Harry  Prest, Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Prest Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Prest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prest 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 25 July 2015 at 04:18.

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