The ancient name Prew is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to a proud, haughty, or brave
being derived from the Old French word prous.
Early Origins of the Prew family
The surname Prew was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. However, some remained in Normandy
as Drogon Prose was listed there in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.) CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early History of the Prew family
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Prew Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Prew were recorded, including Prouse, Prouze, Prowse, Prowze, Prouz, Prowes and others.
Early Notables of the Prew family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Prew family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Prew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Simoen Prew, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888