Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Prestidge is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Prestwick, Northumberland, or in Prestwich, in Cheshire. Prestwich is now part of Greater Manchester. The place names Prestwick and Prestwich have an identical etymology; they are derived from the Old English words preost, which meant priest, and wic, which meant farm. The place names taken as a whole mean "priest's farm."
Early Origins of the Prestidge family
Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Prestidge family
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Prestidge Spelling Variations
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. Prestidge has been spelled many different ways, including Prestwick, Preswick, Preswicke, Prestwich and others.
Early Notables of the Prestidge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prestidge family to Ireland
Some of the Prestidge family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Prestidge family to the New World and Oceana
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 Prestidges to arrive in North America:
Prestidge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Prestidge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Prestidge 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: In te domine speravi
Motto Translation: In thee, O Lord, I have placed my hope.
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