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The surname Prewet is derived from the Middle English word "prou," meaning "brave," or "valiant," with the addition of either of two common diminutive suffixes: "-et" or "-ot." As such, this name is thought to have originally been a nickname for someone small, but brave.

Early Origins of the Prewet family


The surname Prewet was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Prewet family

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Early History of the Prewet family


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Another 222 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1278, 1558 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Prewet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prewet Spelling Variations

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Prewet Spelling Variations


Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Prewet has seen various spelling variations: Pruett, Prewitt, Prewett, Pruet, Prewert and others.

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Early Notables of the Prewet family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Prewet family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Prewet family to Ireland

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Migration of the Prewet family to Ireland


Some of the Prewet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Prewet family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Prewet family to the New World and Oceana


In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Prewet Thomas Prewitt, who settled in Virginia in 1636; Ann Prewett settled in Jamaica in 1663 with her husband; William Pruett settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1729.

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The Prewet Motto

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The Prewet 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: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.


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