The name Pretard was a Welsh patronymic
surname created from the personal name
Richard. The name was originally ap-Richard, the Welsh
patronymic prefix "ap-," meaning "son of." The use of the prefix has disappeared over the course of time.
Early Origins of the Pretard family
The surname Pretard was first found in Glamorganshire
(Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales
, anciently part of the Welsh
kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Pretard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pretard research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1750, 1681, 1672, 1681, 1632, 1705, 1672, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Pretard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pretard Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Pretard have included Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.
Early Notables of the Pretard family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Matthew Pritchard, O.F.M. (1669-1750) a Roman Catholic bishop; John Pritchett (died 1681), an English clergyman, Bishop... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pretard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pretard family to Ireland
Some of the Pretard family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pretard family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pretard: Charles Pritchard who settled in Virginia in 1663; along with Daniel, Thomas and Pallardary; William Pritchard settled in Maryland in 1734; Thomas Pritchard settled in New England