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The history of the name Pretty begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a crafty or cunning individual. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prętig, which meant crafty. Some variants of the name have the suffix man appended to them; this seems to have occurred sometime in the late 15th or early 16th centuries.

Pretty Early Origins



The surname Pretty was first found in Staffordshire 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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Pretty Spelling Variations


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Pretty Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pretty are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pretty include: Prettyman, Pretyman, Pretty and others.

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Pretty Early History


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Pretty Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pretty research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1st , 1612, 1676, 1661 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Pretty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pretty Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pretty Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pretty 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



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pretty or a variant listed above:

Pretty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Pretty settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Edward Pretty settled in New England in 1654
  • Thomas and Penelope Pretty settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Penelope Pretty, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • Richard Pretty, aged 53, arrived in New York in 1690

Pretty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Pretty, who arrived in America in 1764

Pretty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin F. Pretty, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1868
  • Wm. Pretty, aged 51, who emigrated to America, in 1893

Pretty Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George Owen Pretty, aged 28, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Lilly Pretty, aged 37, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Rose Pretty, aged 26, who settled in America from Salesbury, England, in 1912
  • Edgar Pretty, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Crenwell, England, in 1913
  • William Pretty, aged 72, who emigrated to the United States from Ipswich, England, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pretty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Jasper Pretty U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Pretty Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Rebecca Pretty, aged 19, who arrived at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1905
  • Elizabeth Pretty, aged 19, who arrived at Dildo, Newfoundland, in 1909
  • Elizabeth A. Pretty, aged 30, who arrived at Vancouver, British Colombia, in 1910
  • Frederick William Pretty, aged 43, who arrived at Rossland, B. c., in 1913
  • Jemima Pretty, aged 18, who arrived at Dildo, Newfoundland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pretty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Pretty arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • James Pretty arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • Robert Pretty arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm
  • John Henry Pretty arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Pretty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Pretty arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pretty (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pretty (post 1700)



  • Edith May Pretty (1883-1942), English landowner and amateur archaeologist
  • Lloyd Pretty, Newfoundland fine artist from Stephenville
  • Charles Fenn Pretty (1865-1940), the father of the forestry industry in British Columbia
  • David Pretty (b. 1951), former Australian rules footballer
  • Donald Wayne Pretty (b. 1936), Canadian rower
  • Diane Pretty (1958-2002), British woman from Luton who became notable after being the focus of a debate about the laws of euthanasia in United Kingdom
  • Robert Pretty, British Clergyman

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MORLEY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Morley.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Pretty Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pretty 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.

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