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Where did the Scottish Pringle family come from? What is the Scottish Pringle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pringle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pringle family history?Pringle was first used as a surname by the descendents of the ancient Boernician clans of Scotland. The Pringle family lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Pringle 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.
In the many years before the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries, names and other words were spelled according to sound, often differently with each person who wrote them. Spelling variations of Pringle include Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pringle research. Another 664 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1368, 1406, 1450, 1455, 1485, 1707, 1789, and 1834 are included under the topic Early Pringle History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pringle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Pringle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In many cases, the ancestors of many of these Boernician-Scottish people are just now learning of their Scottish heritage. Since the trip was so arduous, and many were fleeing from poverty itself, settlers brought little with them and often had nothing of their personal history to hand down to their children. Clan societies and highland games have helped to correct this problem in the 20th century. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pringles to arrive on North American shores:
Pringle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Pringle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pringle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pringle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Pringle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Pringle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Pringle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Pringle
Hopringle, Prindle, Pringel, Pringell, Pringle and more.
The Pringle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pringle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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