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Priester is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Priester family once lived in or near a clearing in a wood owned by priests. Further research showed the name was derived from the Old English elements preost, which means priest, and leah, which means forest clearing. The name as a whole therefore means "dweller in or near the forest clearing owned by priests." There are several places that have this name; they are found in Bedfordshire, Hertsfordshire, and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Priester Early Origins



The surname Priester was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Priester Spelling Variations


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Priester 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 Priester family name include Priestley, Priestly, Preistley,Pressley and others.

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Priester Early History


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Priester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Priester research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1250 are included under the topic Early Priester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Priester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Priester Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Priester Notables 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, Canada, 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 Priester surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Priester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Priester, aged 48, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Rodolph Priester, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
  • Paulina Priester, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Christian Priester, who landed in America in 1850
  • Joh Ludw Priester, who arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Priester


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Suggested Readings for the name Priester



  • Priester-Peeples Lives and Legends by Jane Priester Hawkins.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Respice finem
Motto Translation: Regard the end.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 23 May 2014 at 09:03.

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