The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
produced the name of Pretyman. It was given to 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 Pretyman family
The surname Pretyman 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 Pretyman family
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Pretyman Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Pretyman has appeared include Prettyman, Pretyman, Pretty and others.
Early Notables of the Pretyman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pretyman family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pretyman arrived in North America very early: 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 ".
Contemporary Notables of the name Pretyman (post 1700)
- Sir Walter Pretyman (1901-1987), English nobleman, who emigrated to Brazil in 1924
- Rt Hon. Ernest George Pretyman (1860-1931), British politician
- Ian Pretyman Stevenson (1918-2007), Canadian-born, American psychiatrist, known for his Reincarnation research and his book Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation (1966)