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Pridgen is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Pridgen comes from the ancient and forgotten given name Prujean.

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The surname Pridgen was first found in Kent where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Pigeon, Pidgeon and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pridgen research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pridgen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pridgen or a variant listed above:

Pridgen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Louise S. Pridgen, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • C. T. Pridgen, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
  • Leo Pridgen, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1924

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  • Leon Pridgen, American actor, known for his work on The Program (1993), Renaissance Man (1994) and Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)
  • Elizabeth Pridgen, American pianist, G. Leslie Chair of Music at Mercer University
  • Gaston Layton "G.L." Pridgen (b. 1944), American politician, Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly (2011-)
  • Thomas Armon Pridgen (b. 1983), American drummer, known for his work with The Memorials, The Mars Volta, Christian Scott, Wicked Wisdom, Keyshia Cole, and others


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The Pridgen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pridgen 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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