Prichard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Prichard was a Welsh patronymic surname created from the personal name Richard. [1] [2] The name was originally ap-Richard, the Welsh patronymic prefix "ap-," meaning "son of." The use of the prefix has disappeared over the course of time.

Early Origins of the Prichard family

The surname Prichard was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, 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.

Spelling variations for this name are numerous through the ages. So as to underline this, a look at the Register of the University of Oxford reveals: David Aprycharde, 1521; William Prichard, or Ap-Richard, 1545; [3] and Thomas Prichett, London, 1616. [4]

Early History of the Prichard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prichard research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1750, 1681, 1672, 1681, 1632, 1705, 1672, 1682, 1672, 1682, 1704, 1683, 1718 and are included under the topic Early Prichard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prichard 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 Prichard has seen various spelling variations: Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.

Early Notables of the Prichard family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Matthew Pritchard, O.F.M. (1669-1750) a Roman Catholic bishop; John Pritchett (died 1681), an English clergyman, Bishop of Gloucester (1672-1681). Sir William Pritchard or Prichard (1632?-1705), was an English merchant and politician, Sheriff of London in 1672, Lord Mayor of London in 1682. He was second son of Francis Pritchard of Southwark, and his wife, Mary Eggleston. He is described as 'merchant taylor' and alderman of Broad Street. In 1672 he was sheriff of London, and was knighted on 23 Oct. in that year. On 29 Sept. 1682 be went to the poll...
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Prichard Ranking

In the United States, the name Prichard is the 3,538th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Prichard family to Ireland

Some of the Prichard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Prichard migration to the United States +

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Prichard:

Prichard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Prichard, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [6]
  • Mr. William Prichard, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Constance" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Joseph Prichard, aged 17, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • Robert Prichard, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [6]
  • Richard Prichard, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Prichard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Prichard, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [6]
  • Jonas Prichard, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [6]
  • Phillip Prichard, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [6]
  • Elizabeth Prichard, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
Prichard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas U Prichard, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1836 [6]
  • John Prichard, aged 35, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1856 [6]
  • Howell Prichard, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [6]

Canada Prichard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prichard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

Australia Prichard migration to Australia +

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

Prichard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Prichard 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:

Prichard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John James Prichard, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [10]

West Indies Prichard migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Prichard Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Wiliam Prichard, (b. 1609), aged 25, British settler travelling from London, UK arriving in St Christopher (St. Kitts) on 5th January 1634 [6]
  • Mr. John Prichard, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [12]
  • Margaret Prichard, aged 17, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [6]
  • Maximillian Prichard, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [6]
  • Miss Margaret Prichard, (b. 1618), aged 17, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Prichard (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Vernon Edwin Prichard (1892-1949), American Chief of Army's Public Information Division (1949) [14]
  • Tom Prichard (b. 1959), American professional wrestler
  • Bruce Prichard (b. 1963), American professional wrestler
  • J. O. Prichard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 1928
  • Herbert Prichard, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 2004
  • Harold C. Prichard, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Nebraska unicameral legislature 1st District, 1948; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1952
  • Francis J. Prichard, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Vernon
  • Edward Fretwell Prichard Jr. (1915-1984), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1948, 1960, 1964
  • E. C. Prichard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1908
  • B. J. Prichard, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 6th District, 1889-92; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wayne County, 1915-16
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. C Prichard, British Leading Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Richard Prichard, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Kenneth R Prichard, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Edward M Prichard, British Ordinary Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Richard Preston Prichard, English 2nd Class passenger studying in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Alice Prichard, aged 33, English Stewardess from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11 [18]


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  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 5th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  8. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 5th February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/china)
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  12. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  13. ^ Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's (Retrieved October 4th 2021, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Vernon Prichard. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Prichard/Vernon_Edwin/USA.html
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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