Pringell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Pringell were thought to have lived among the Boernician tribe of ancient Scotland. They lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Pringell is a habitation name, a category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The place name comes from the Old English word hop which referred to an "enclosed valley," and Prjónn, an Old Norse name comprised of components which mean peg and ravine. Thus, the original bearer of the surname came from an area noted for an enclosed valley or a ravine.

Early Origins of the Pringell family

The surname Pringell was first found in Roxburghshire, where the first Chief on record was Robert de Hoppryngil who witnessed a deed by King Alexander III of Scotland in 1250 A.D. Forty-six years later, Ellys Obringkel was Bishop of St. Andrews, and rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. His seal bore a hunting horn. About this time they acquired the Clan territories near Stow and they became close allies of the Black Douglases.

Early History of the Pringell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pringell research. Another 426 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1406, 1200, 1450, 1455, 1455, 1485, 1976, 1631, 1689, 1513, 1568, 1625, 1667, 1628, 1664, 1736, 1580 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Pringell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pringell Spelling Variations

Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Pringell has appeared under the variations Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.

Early Notables of the Pringell family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was George Pringle (1631-1689), of Torwoodlee, eldest son of James Pringle of Torwoodlee. The Pringles of Torwoodlee, Selkirkshire, are descended from the Pringles of Snailholm, Roxburghshire, the first of the name being George, son of William Pringle of Snailholm who was killed at Flodden in 1513. This George Pringle was murdered in his own house by a party of Liddesdale reivers in 1568. [1] Walter Pringle (1625-1667), of Greenknowe, Berwickshire, Scottish Covenanter, was the third son of Robert Pringle, first of Stitchel, Roxburghshire. The Pringles of Stitchel were descended from the Hop Pringles of Craiglatch...
Another 124 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pringell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Pringell family to Ireland

Some of the Pringell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Pringell family

The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pringell were among those contributors: John and William Pringle settled in Maryland in 1775; James Pringle settled in Jamaica in 1774; Capt. Pringle, 27th Regiment (Rogers Rangers) who was stationed in Ticonderoga and led an assault on Quebec in 1758. George Pringle settled in Philadelphia in 1774.



  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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