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Primus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The proud Norman name of Primus was developed in England soon after Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was name for a slender or a small man having derived from the Old French word prim, meaning delicate.

Early Origins of the Primus family

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

Early History of the Primus family

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Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1596, 1671, 1704, 1628, 1629 and 1701 are included under the topic Early Primus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Primus Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Primus have been found, including Pryme, Prime and others.

Early Notables of the Primus family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Prime (1550-1596), English divine, son of Robert Prime, a butcher of Oxford, born in the parish of Holywell. Abraham de la Pryme (1671-1704), was an Presbyterian minister and English antiquary and descendant of a Huguenot family which migrated from Ypres in Flanders in...
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Migration of the Primus family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Primus Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Primus, who landed in Canada in 1834

Contemporary Notables of the name Primus (post 1700)

  • Brent James Primus (b. 1994), American Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts Award winning producer
  • Pearl Primus (1919-1994), American dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist, awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1991
  • Barry Primus (b. 1938), American television and film actor, known for American Hustle (2013), New York, New York (1977) and Righteous Kill (2008)
  • Linvoy Stephen Primus MBE (b. 1973), English former footballer who played 433 matches from 1992 to 2008

The Primus 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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