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Where did the Welsh Priddy family come from? What is the Welsh Priddy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Priddy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Priddy family history?

It is thought that the Priddy surname may be one of the Welsh "patronymics," or names created from the father's name. In this case the name was derived from the Welsh "ap Ridel," or "son of Ridel," an ancient Welsh name from the parish of Lillieslead, County Roxburgh.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Pritwell, Prittle, Priddle, Pridell, Pritell, Priddell, Pridle, Prittle, Prittell, Pridwell, Priddy, Pridley, Pridie, Pridy, Pribble, Preddle, Prebble and many more.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat. The Welsh, or Ancient British influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But British surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1320 when John Priddle held estates in this county bordering Wales.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priddy research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1455, 1487, and 1641 are included under the topic Early Priddy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Priddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Priddy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robt Priddy, who arrived in Virginia in 1654

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  • Gerald Edward "Jerry" Priddy (1919-1980), American second baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Robert Simpson Priddy (b. 1939), retired American professional baseball player
  • Nancy Lee Priddy (b. 1941), American actress and singer-songwriter
  • Penny Priddy (b. 1944), Canadian politician from British Columbia
  • James Priddy (1909-1994), English who played first-class cricket


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  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Priddy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priddy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 20 October 2014 at 10:29.

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