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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Prime was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a slender or a small man having derived from the Old French word prim, meaning delicate.

Prime Early Origins



The surname Prime was first found in Sussex where they acquired the manor of Walberton House.

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Prime Spelling Variations


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Prime Spelling Variations



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 Pryme, Prime and others.

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Prime Early History


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Prime Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prime research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1671 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Prime History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prime Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prime Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prime 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



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 Prime or a variant listed above:

Prime Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mark Prime, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Mark Prime, who landed in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Abigail Prime, who landed in Maryland in 1670
  • Nicholas Prime, who settled in Philadelphia in 1683
  • Nicholas Prime, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683-1684

Prime Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Prime, who settled in New England in 1725

Prime Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Prime, who landed in America in 1803
  • Alfred Prime, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1854

Prime Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nathan Prime arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
  • Philip Prime, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prime (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prime (post 1700)



  • Edward Dorr Griffin Prime (1814-1891), American clergyman and journalist
  • Samuel Irenæus Prime (1812-1885), American clergyman, traveler, and writer
  • Benjamin Young Prime (1733-1791), American poet, essayist, and songwriter
  • James Prime, Scottish musician

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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: Nil invita minerva
Motto Translation: Nothing contrary to one’s genius.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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    The Prime Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prime 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 16 July 2015 at 12:39.

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