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The surname Prewitt 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.

Prewitt Early Origins



The surname Prewitt 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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Prewitt Spelling Variations


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Prewitt Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Prewitt have included Pruett, Prewitt, Prewett, Pruet, Prewert and others.

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Prewitt Early History


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Prewitt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prewitt research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1278 and 1558 are included under the topic Early Prewitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prewitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prewitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Prewitt 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 people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Prewitt:

Prewitt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Prewitt, who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Tho Prewitt, who arrived in Virginia in 1636

Prewitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dora Prewitt, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1892

Prewitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William A. Prewitt, aged 33, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • L. E. Prewitt, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Alfred Prewitt, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Henry Prewitt, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1921
  • Jack R. Prewitt, aged 20, who settled in America from Southampton, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prewitt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prewitt (post 1700)



  • Joseph Orlando Prewitt (b. 1943), American retired psychologist
  • Ray Prewitt (b. 1970), American actor, producer, and aircraft broker
  • James Franklin Prewitt (b. 1949), American attorney and government affairs consultant
  • Cheryl Prewitt (b. 1957), American model, Miss America 1980
  • Archer Prewitt (b. 1963), American musician and cartoonist
  • Hal Prewitt (b. 1954), American race car driver and businessman

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Suggested Readings for the name Prewitt


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Suggested Readings for the name Prewitt



  • Prewitt-Light, Ringler-Hollowell and Allied Families by Lester Dee Prewitt.
  • Michael Prewitt Sr., and his Descendants, 1720-1970 by Richard A. Prewitt.
  • Prewitt-Pruitt Records of Virginia by Richard A. Prewit.
  • The Pruett (Prewitt) Family by Haskell Pruett.

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    4. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Prewitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prewitt 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.

    This page was last modified on 30 September 2015 at 08:49.

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