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Primrose History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Primrose 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 Primrose family


The surname Primrose 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 Primrose family


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Primrose Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Primrose, Prymerose and others.

Early Notables of the Primrose 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. James Primrose (dies 1641), was Clerk...
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Migration of the Primrose family to Ireland


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Migration of the Primrose family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Primrose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Lew Primrose, who settled in Boston in 1764
  • William Primrose, who settled in Maryland in 1775
  • John Primrose, aged 46, who landed in New York in 1798 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Primrose Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Primrose, who arrived in Illinois in 1830 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Primrose, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1843
  • J W Primrose, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Primrose, who arrived in America in 1855 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • David Primrose, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Primrose (post 1700)


  • John L. Primrose, American Republican politician, Candidate for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 6th District, 1961
  • James Primrose, American politician, U.S. Consul in Pictou, 1837-43
  • Archibald John Primrose (1783-1868), fourth Earl of Rosebery, eldest son of Neil, third Earl of Rosebery, born at Dalmeny Castle, Linlithgowshire, Scottish peer
  • William Primrose (1904-1982), Scottish violist and teacher, probably the best known viola player of his time
  • Peter Thomas Primrose (b. 1955), Australian politician in New South Wales
  • Captain Neil James Archibald Primrose (1882-1917), British politician and soldier, member of the UK Parliament
  • Philip Carteret Hill Primrose (1864-1937), Canadian police officer, who was made Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
  • Archibald Philip Primrose (1847-1929), British politician, 5th earl of Rosebery, Prime Minister of Britain (1894-95)
  • Howard Primrose Whidden (1871-1952), Canadian churchman, Member of Parliament, 6th Chancellor of McMaster University in 1923, eponym of the Whidden Lectures

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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