Origins Available: English
The name Prettett is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was a name for someone who was a young buck
having been from the Old English word priket,
a young buck. 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. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.
Early Origins of the Prettett family
The surname Prettett was first found in Westmorland
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.
Early History of the Prettett family
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Prettett Spelling Variations
Prettett has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Prettett have been found, including Prickett, Pricket, Prichet and others.
Early Notables of the Prettett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prettett family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Prettetts to arrive on North American shores: Miles Prickett, who arrived in Virginia in 1610, ten years before the "Mayflower"; Thomas Prickett settled in Virginia in 1623; Ann Prickett, who arrived in Maryland in 1658.
The Prettett 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: Auxillium ab alto
Motto Translation: Aid from above.