Prideaux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Prideaux is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Prideaux family lived in Cornwall, at Prideaux, from whence they derived their name.

Early Origins of the Prideaux family

The surname Prideaux 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. [1]

"The manor of Treslothan, [Camborne] upon which estate there are some remains of an ancient chapel, was in moieties between the families of Prideaux and Arundell, in the early part of the seventeenth century." [2]

"The ancient family of Prideaux can trace their pedigree up to the period of the Norman Conquest, at which time Paganus was lord of Prideaux. Of the elder branch of this family, the last male heir died about the year 1490. When this event took place, the heiress carried Prideaux Castle in Luxulian, to the Herles of West Herle in Northumberland. At this time a younger branch of the Prideaux family settled at Orchardon in Devonshire; and of this branch a younger son settled at Thuborough, from whom sprang a still younger branch that took up their abode at Padstow, so early as the days of Henry VIII. From this ancestor has descended the Rev. Charles Prideaux, who has taken the additional name of Brune, pursuant to the will of his great uncle Charles Brune, Esq. the last male heir of an ancient baronial family of Plumber in Dorsetshire." [2]

Continuing our quest 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." [3]

Early History of the Prideaux family

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Prideaux Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Prideaux include Prideaux, Prideux and others.

Early Notables of the Prideaux 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 (1606-1667), an English politician who...
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United States Prideaux migration to the United States +

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Prideauxs to arrive on North American shores:

Prideaux Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Prideaux who settled in Barbados in 1678 with his servants, wife and child

Australia Prideaux migration to Australia +

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

Prideaux Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Prideaux, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [4]
  • Ann Prideaux, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [4]
  • Philippa Prideaux, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [4]
  • Mary Prideaux, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1847 [4]
  • Jane Prideaux, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Prideaux migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Prideaux Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Prideaux, aged 23, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
  • Miss Mary Ann Prideaux, (b. 1840), aged 23, Cornish domestic servant departing on 18th June 1863 aboard the ship "Accrington" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 5th September 1863 [6]
  • Mr. William Prideaux, (b. 1830), aged 35, British baker travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1866 [7]
  • Kate Prideaux, aged 30, a cook, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Emily Prideaux, aged 20, a dressmaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Prideaux (post 1700) +

  • James Prideaux (1927-2015), American Drama Desk Award winning playwright, best known for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
  • Brandon Prideaux (b. 1976), American soccer defender
  • Richard Prideaux, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 18th District, 1966
  • Joshua Prideaux, American politician, Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1820
  • Frederick Prideaux (1817-1891), English conveyancer, fifth son of Walter Prideaux of Plymouth
  • Samuel Prideaux (1813-1875), English biblical scholar, textual critic, and theologian
  • Walter Arbuthnot Prideaux (1910-1995), English rower
  • John Prideaux (1718-1759), English brigadier-general in the British Army
  • Roger Malcolm Prideaux (b. 1939), English cricketer
  • Walter Prideaux (1806-1889), British poet and lawyer

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Arthur "Jack" Prideaux (d. 1912), aged 23, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Phoebe.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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