The Primerose surname is generally thought to be habitational name taken on from a place in Fife
, originally named Prenrhos. This place name comes from the Welsh
words "pren," meaning "tree"’ and "rhos," meaning "moor." It thought that only later came an association with the name of the Primrose flower.
Early Origins of the Primerose family
The surname Primerose was first found in Fife
, 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 Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Primerose family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Primerose research.Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1387, 1580, 1641, 1641, 1659, 1580, 1641, 1616, 1679, 1659, 1661 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Primerose History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Primerose Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Primerose family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Gilbert Primrose (c.
1580-1641), Scottish divine, son of Gilbert Primrose, principal surgeon to James VI. The family belonged to Culross, Perthshire
, and his father was elder brother of Archibald Primrose, from whom the earls of Rosebery descend.
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Migration of the Primerose family to Ireland
Some of the Primerose family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Primerose family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Primrose, who settled in Maryland in 1775; Lew Primrose settled in Boston in 1764; William Primrose arrived in Philadelphia in 1843.