The origins of the Prettyham surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a crafty or cunning individual. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prætig,
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.
Early Origins of the Prettyham family
The surname Prettyham 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.
Early History of the Prettyham family
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Prettyham Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Prettyham has been recorded under many different variations, including Prettyman, Pretyman, Pretty and others.
Early Notables of the Prettyham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prettyham family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Prettyham or a variant listed above: Edward Pretty settled in New England
in 1654; Thomas and Penelope Pretty settled in Virginia in 1654; George Pretty settled in Virginia in 1607; thirteen years before the ".