The name Pridowe reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Pridowe family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pridowe family lived in Cornwall
, at Prideaux, from whence they derived their name.
Early Origins of the Pridowe family
The surname Pridowe 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 Pridowe family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pridowe research.Another 195 words (14 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 Pridowe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pridowe Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Prideaux, Prideux and others.
Early Notables of the Pridowe 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 Pridowe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pridowe family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pridowe name or one of its variants: Nicholas Prideaux who settled in Barbados in 1678; with his servants, wife and child.