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The ancient name of Priest finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a priest having derived from the Old English word preost, which means priest. It was also a nickname given to a person with a priestly character, and probably also given to a person with the exact opposite character. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Priest Early Origins



The surname Priest was first found in Hertfordshire, where they held a family seat before the Middle Ages.

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Priest Spelling Variations


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Priest Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Priest family name include Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.

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Priest Early History


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Priest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priest research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1615, 1557, 1579, 1621, 1645 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Priest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Priest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Priest Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Agnes Prest (died 1557), an English Protestant martyr burned at the stake at Southernhay in Exeter; Degory Priest ( ca. 1579-1621), A London...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Priest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Priest In Ireland


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Priest In Ireland



Some of the Priest family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Priest surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Priest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Priest, his wife Sara, and their daughters Mary and Sarah, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • Degory Priest who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the "Mayflower"
  • Degory Priest, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620
  • Sarah Priest, who landed in America in 1620
  • Walter Priest, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Priest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Priest, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Catherine Priest, a bonded passenger who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1723
  • Abraham Priest, who arrived in Maryland in 1725
  • Richard Priest, who arrived in New England in 1731
  • Ann Priest, who settled in Maryland in 1750

Priest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Angus Priest, aged 46, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • Andreas Priest, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Albert Priest, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Priest Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Priest U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Priest Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Phesenton Priest, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Ezra D Priest, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Priest Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Priest, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  • John Priest, a turner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Catherine Priest arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Harriet Priest arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • George Priest, aged 21, a brickmaker, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Priest Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Priest, aged 30, a sawyer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Mary Priest, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • William Priest, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Susan Priest, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Priest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Priest (post 1700)



  • Oscar Stanton De Priest (1871-1951), American Republican politician,Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1908 (alternate), 1920, 1924 (alternate), 1928, 1932, 1936
  • Christopher James Priest (b. 1961), born James Christopher Owsley, American writer of comic books, often credited simply as Priest
  • Dana Priest (b. 1959), American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (2006)
  • Dorman E Priest, American optical engineer
  • Lee Priest, American male bodybuilder
  • Alfred Ernest "Fred" Priest (1874-1922), English professional footballer
  • Christopher Priest (b. 1943), English writer
  • Cathy Priest, Canadian female bodybuilder

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Priest Historic Events


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Priest Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Arthur John Priest (d. 1912), aged 24, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Priest


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Suggested Readings for the name Priest



  • Descendants of Dwight Solomon Priest of Massachusetts and John Henry Linville of North Carolina by Thomas Merriam Linville.

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Priest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Priest 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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