Pridow is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pridow family lived in Cornwall
, at Prideaux, from whence they derived their name.
Early Origins of the Pridow family
The surname Pridow 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Some of the family were found 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pridow family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pridow research.Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1622, 1555, 1629, 1578, 1650, 1596, 1682, 1626, 1705, 1647, 1720, 1675, 1729, 1695, 1766, 1606, 1667, 1640, 1659, 1640, 1659, 1648 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Pridow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pridow Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Prideaux, Prideux and others.
Early Notables of the Pridow 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... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pridow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pridow family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pridow or a variant listed above: Nicholas Prideaux who settled in Barbados in 1678; with his servants, wife and child.