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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.

Priddy Early Origins



The surname Priddy was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat. The family name was first referenced in the year 1320 when John Priddle held estates in this county bordering Wales.

Priddy is a parish, in the union of Wells, hundred of Wells-Forum in Somerset that dates back to at least 1182 when it was first listed as Pridia and probably meant "earth house" from the Celtic word "prith" + "ti". [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Steeped in ancient history, Priddy Circles, a Stone circle or Henge monument are nearby.


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Priddy Early History


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Priddy Early History



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

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Priddy Spelling Variations


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Priddy Spelling Variations



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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Priddy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Priddy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Priddy In Ireland


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Priddy In Ireland



Some of the Priddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Priddy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Priddy, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [2]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)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Priddy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Priddy (post 1700)



  • Robert L. Priddy, American businessman, founder of ValuJet and Allegiant Air
  • William Reid Priddy (b. 1977), American volleyball player on the United States men's national volleyball team
  • Nancy Lee Priddy (b. 1941), American actress and singer-songwriter, known for her roles in Bewitched, The Waltons, and Matlock; mother of Christina Applegate
  • Gerald Edward "Jerry" Priddy (1919-1980), American second baseman in Major League Baseball, World Series champion (1941)
  • Robert Simpson "Bob" Priddy (b. 1939), retired American professional baseball player who played from 1962 to 1971
  • Alan Priddy (b. 1953), British power boat sailor and adventurer who has circumnavigate the world in a yacht in 2008 and by 2012, he had recorded 37 world records and 12 British national records
  • Penny Priddy (b. 1944), Canadian politician from British Columbia, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Surrey North (2006-2008), Minister of Women's Equality of British Columbia (1991-1996)
  • James Priddy (1909-1994), English first-class cricketer who played for Somerset between 1933 and 1939

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