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The name Prior reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Prior family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest in 1066. Prior is a name for a monastic official immediately subordinate to an abbot having derived from the Old English word prior, meaning superior, and indicates that the original bearer of the name held this position.

Prior Early Origins



The surname Prior was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Prior Spelling Variations


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Prior Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Prior, Pryor and others.

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Prior Early History


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Prior Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prior research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1125, 1664, 1721, 1680, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Prior History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prior Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prior Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prior Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prior In Ireland


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Prior In Ireland



Some of the Prior family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Prior or a variant listed above:

Prior Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Prior who settled in New England in 1630
  • John Prior settled in Boston in 1635
  • Margaret Prior, who settled in Virginia in 1637 with her husband
  • Margarett Prior, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Matthew Prior, who landed in Long Island in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prior Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ramon Prior, aged 19, landed in New Orleans, La in 1835
  • William Prior, aged 32, landed in America in 1843
  • James Prior, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Cornelius W Prior, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Patrick Prior, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1853
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prior Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Prior, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland
  • Johanah Prior, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Maria" from Cork, Ireland

Prior Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Prior, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Jane E Prior arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Jane E. Prior arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • John Prior arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1846
  • Thomas Prior arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prior Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Prior, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Alice Prior, aged 20, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842
  • Jane Prior, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Patrick Prior, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Agnes Prior, aged 17, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prior (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prior (post 1700)



  • Tom Prior, American actor, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Alex Was a Friend of Mine (2012)
  • David A. Prior (1956-2015), American director, screenwriter, producer, known for Night Wars (1988), Deadly Prey (1987) and Killer Workout (1987)
  • Mark Prior (b. 1980), American baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
  • Herbert Prior (1867-1954), English pioneering screen actor
  • David Gifford Leathes Prior (b. 1954), English politician, Member of the UK Parliament
  • Spencer Prior (b. 1971), English footballer
  • Matthew Prior (b. 1982), English cricketer
  • Susan Prior, Australian Australian Film Institute Award winning actress
  • General Wilhelm Wain Prior (1876-1946), Danish Commander in Chief General Command (1939-1941)
  • Brigadier Claude Esdaile Prior (b. 1895), Australian Chief Administration Officer Southern Command from 1946 to 1948
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Prior Historic Events


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Prior Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Edith Prior (1881-1914), née Auger Canadian Second Class Passenger from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Harold John Prior, aged 21, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 11

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Motto


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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: Speriamo
Motto Translation: We hope


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  11. ...

The Prior Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prior 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.

This page was last modified on 15 April 2016 at 04:06.

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