Prine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Prine family

The surname Prine was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The family name was first referenced in the year 1275 when Matilda Pryn held estates in that shire. [1]

Another branch of the family was found in Bodrean, Cornwall as this was "the seat of Henry Prynn Andrew, Esq. was acquired by his alliance with the family of Prynn." [2]

Early History of the Prine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prine research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1043, 1327, 1455, 1487, 1600, 1669 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Prine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Prin, Prinn, Pryn, Prynn, Prynne and others.

Early Notables of the Prine family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Prine migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas M. Prine, aged 49, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [3]
  • Albert Prine, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Prine (post 1700) +

  • John Prine (1946-2020), American country folk singer-songwriter from Maywood, Illinois, known for an often humorous style of country music; he died of COVID-19


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6X7-332 : 6 December 2014), Thomas M. Prine, 08 Feb 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J626-M6V : 6 December 2014), Albert Prine, 11 Oct 1921; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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