name Prices is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. The surname Prices 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 Prices family
The surname Prices 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 Prices family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prices research.Another 246 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1573, 1596, 1657, 1628, 1651, 1646, 1648, 1630, 1675, 1660, 1666, 1640, 1660, 1661, 1605, 1678, 1640, 1678, 1671, 1619, 1691, 1505, 1599, 1678, 1752, 1744, 1752 and are included under the topic Early Prices History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prices Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Prices has occasionally been spelled Price, Pryce and others.
Early Notables of the Prices 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
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Migration of the Prices family to Ireland
Some of the Prices family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Prices family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Prices: Henry Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1622; Hugh Price, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Edward Price, who came to Virginia in 1623; Maurice Price, who came to Virginia in 1643.
The Prices 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