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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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The surname Priddy was 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.

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.


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


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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.

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