Price History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh name Price is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. The surname Price was originally ap-Rhys, ap-Rice, or ap-Rees: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

Early Origins of the Price family

The surname Price was first found in Merionethshire (Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Price family

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Price Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Price have included Price, Pryce and others.

Early Notables of the Price family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Marchwithian, Chieftain of the Prices in North Wales; Sir John Price, Ap Price, Ap Rhys (died 1573), Welsh visitor of the monasteries, was son of Rhys ab Gwilym; Sir John Pryce (Price), 1st Baronet (ca. 1596-ca. 1657), an Anglo- Welsh Baronet and Member of Parliament, initially a Royalist in 1628 he was created a Baronet; Sir Richard Pryse, 1st Baronet (died 1651), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1646 to 1648; Sir Richard Pryse, 2nd Baronet (c.1630-c.1675), a Welsh landowner and politician who...
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Ireland Migration of the Price family to Ireland

Some of the Price family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Price migration to the United States +

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Price were found:

Price Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Hugh Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Price, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Price, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [1]
  • Maurice Price, who settled in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Price Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Price, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Frances Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Conrad Price, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • John Jacob Price, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
  • George Price, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796 [1]
Price Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ellis Price, who landed in America in 1801 [1]
  • David Price, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Abel Price, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Daniel Price, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Agnes Price, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1862 [1]
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Canada Price migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Price Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Price U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 217 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. John Price U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child more than 10 years of age [2]
  • Miss. Mary Price U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child less than 10 years of age [2]
  • Mr. Peter Price U.E. born in Pennsylvania, USA who settled in Pennfield, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as signing the Quaker Loyalist Agreement [2]
  • Miss. Ruth Price U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a child less than 10 years of age [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Price Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Price who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [3]
  • Mr. James Price, aged 27 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing from the port of Wellington, Liverpool but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Price, aged 36 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]

Australia Price migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Price Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Price, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Samuel Price, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Henry Price, English convict who was convicted in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Price, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Thomas Price, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
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New Zealand Price migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Price Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Price, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship " Dublin Packet" arriving in Cloudy Bay, South Island, New Zealand in 1838 [8]
  • Mary Price, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Ann Price, aged 17, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Thomas Price, aged 35, a gardener, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Dinah Price, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Price (post 1700) +

  • Mary Violet Leontyne Price (b. 1927), American operatic soprano and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (1911-1993), American film actor and writer, best known for his performances in horror films, founder of the eponymous Vincent Price Art Museum in California
  • Rodman McCamley Price (1816-1894), American Democratic Party politician, 17th Governor of New Jersey (1854-1857), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1851-1853)
  • Thomas Edmunds "Tom" Price (b. 1954), American physician and politician, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Nominee
  • Ray Price (1937-2015), American motorcycle drag racer, credited as the “Father of the Funnybike," inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame
  • Sean Price (1972-2015), American rapper and member of the hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik
  • Simeon Price, American bronze medalist for golf at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Noble Ray Price (1926-2013), American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, known as the Cherokee Cowboy, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Richard Price (1723-1791), of Glamorganhire, was a Nonconformist minister and political philosopher, best known for his works supporting the American and French revolutions
  • Willard DeMille Price (1887-1983), Canadian-born, American natural historian and author of children's fiction
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Beverley Joy Price (1930-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [9]
  • Mrs. Beatrice Irene Price (1893-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [9]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. William Price, British Assistant Pantryman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Price, British Assistant Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Mr. John Henry Price, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [10]
  • Ms. Hannah Price, Canadian Second Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mrs. Fanny Price (1858-1914), née Plumley New Zealander First Class Passenger from Auckland, New Zealand who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
Flight TWA 800
  • Mrs. Peggy Normile Price (1948-1996), from Englewood, Colorado, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [11]
  • Mr. Dennis George Price (1947-1996), from Englewood, Colorado, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; he died in the crash [11]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Albert Ernest Price (d. 1945), British Petty Officer Airman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. William A Price (b. 1900), English Warrant Shipwright serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Alfred C J P Price (b. 1920), English Shipwright 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Woolston, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Richard Sidney Price, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
  • Mr. David Leslie Price, British Ordinary Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. C. Price, English Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Ernest Price (d. 1912), aged 17, English Barman from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Arland Earl Price, American Radioman Second Class from Oregon, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


The Price 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: Vita brevis gloria aeterna
Motto Translation: Life is short, glory eternal


Suggested Readings for the name Price +

  • 83 Ancestors and Descendants of John Price: Immigrant to Virginia, 1610-11 by Wina Chandler Price, The George Jacob Price Family history by Janice Gartman Lee.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  12. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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