Priday is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Priday family lived in Cornwall
, at Prideaux, from whence they derived their name.
Early Origins of the Priday family
The surname Priday was first found in Cornwall
, home to Prideaux Castle, an Iron Age hillfort near St Blazey and Prideaux Place, a country house near Padstow that has been in the Prideaux-Brune family for over 400 years. They family trace their descent from Paganus, lord of Prideaux Castle, in Luxulion in the time of William I. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Some of the family were found in nearby Devon
. "In the reign of Elizabeth the manor [of Sidmouth] was leased to Sir William Perryan, and in that of James I. to Sir Christopher Mainwaring; it was subsequently sold to Sir Edmond Prideaux, with the exception of the great tithes, which were given to Wadham College, and now belong to the Rev. William Jenkins, the incumbent. The manor was purchased from Sir Wilmot Prideaux by Thomas Jenkins, Esq." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Priday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priday research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1555, 1629, 1578, 1650, 1596, 1682, 1626, 1705, 1647, 1720, 1675, 1729, 1695, 1766, 1606, 1667, 1640, 1659, 1640, 1659, 1648 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Priday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Priday Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Prideaux, Prideux and others.
Early Notables of the Priday family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Prideaux D.D. (1578-1650), an English academic and Bishop of Worcester; Sir Peter Prideaux, 2nd Baronet
(1596-1682); Sir Peter Prideaux, 3rd Baronet
(1626-1705); Sir Edmund Prideaux, 4th Baronet
(1647-1720); Sir Edmund Prideaux, 5th Baronet
(1675-1729); Sir John Prideaux, 6th Baronet
(1695-1766); Richard Prideaux... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Priday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Priday family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Priday or a variant listed above:
Priday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Samuell Priday, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Priday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary Priday, aged 39, who arrived in America, in 1897
- Elizabeth Priday, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1897
Priday Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Francis James Priday, aged 32, who arrived in America from Worcester, in 1903
- Gladys Priday, aged 19, who arrived in America from Ebbw Vale, Wales, in 1910
- Sidney Priday, aged 36, who arrived in America, in 1910
- Joseph Priday, aged 30, who arrived in America from Gloucester, England, in 1911
- Benjamin Priday, aged 22, who arrived in America from Chester, England, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Priday (post 1700)
- Richard Anthony "Tony" Priday (b. 1922), English bridge player and journalist; he played in the World Team Olympiad three times (1972, 1976, 1980)
- Robert Priday (b. 1925), South African football midfielder for Liverpool F.C. in The Football League