Prickett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Prickett family have grown. The name Prickett was given to a member of the family who was a young buck having been from the Old English word priket, a young buck. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.

Early Origins of the Prickett family

The surname Prickett was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Prickett family

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Prickett Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Prickett family name include Prickett, Pricket, Prichet and others.

Early Notables of the Prickett family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Robert Pricket (fl. 1603), British poet who saw some military service in Elizabeth's reign, and afterwards sought a precarious livelihood as...
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Prickett Ranking

In the United States, the name Prickett is the 8,029th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Prickett migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Prickett surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Prickett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Miles Prickett, who arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • Miles Prickett, who landed in Virginia in 1610 [2]
  • Thomas Prickett, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • Thomas Prickett, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Ann Prickett, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Prickett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Prickett, who was on record in New York in 1761

Australia Prickett migration to Australia +

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

Prickett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jeremiah Prickett, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [3]

West Indies Prickett 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. [4]
Prickett Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Margeret Prickett, who arrived in Barbados or Nevis, in 1661

Contemporary Notables of the name Prickett (post 1700) +

  • Mike Prickett, American Sports Emmy Award nominated extreme "Director of Photography," known for his work on Billabong Odyssey (2003), Down the Barrel (2007) and Chasing Mavericks (2012)
  • Richard Prickett (1777-1847), American fur trapper, interpreter and early settler of Michigan and Wisconsin
  • Colonel Donald Irwin Prickett (1919-2004), American United States Air Force officer, research director for the Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Carl Prickett (1921-2009), American actor, known for his roles in Perry Mason (1957), Gunsmoke (1955) and The Big Valley (1965)
  • Maudie Prickett (1914-1976), born Maude Merrie Doyle, an American film and television character actress, known for her roles in Hazel (1961), The Gnome-Mobile (1967) and Eight-Ball Andy (1948)
  • Major-General Fay Brink Prickett (1893-1982), American Deputy Inspector-General of the Army (1948-1953) [5]
  • Henry E. Prickett (1839-1885), American politician, the first mayor of Boise, Idaho Territory, for two months in 1867
  • Frank A. Prickett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Edward I. Prickett, American politician, U.S. Consul in Kehl, 1897
  • David Prickett, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1838-39
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Prickett 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: Auxillium ab alto
Motto Translation: Aid from above.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
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  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Fay Prickett. Retrieved from on Facebook