Pritchard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pritchard was a Welsh patronymic surname created from the personal name Richard. The name was originally ap-Richard, the Welsh patronymic prefix "ap-," meaning "son of." The use of the prefix has disappeared over the course of time.

Early Origins of the Pritchard family

The surname Pritchard was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Pritchard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pritchard research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1750, 1681, 1672, 1681, 1632, 1705, 1672, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Pritchard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pritchard Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Pritchard have included Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.

Early Notables of the Pritchard family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Matthew Pritchard, O.F.M. (1669-1750) a Roman Catholic bishop; John Pritchett (died 1681), an English clergyman, Bishop...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pritchard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Pritchard family to Ireland

Some of the Pritchard 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 and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pritchard migration to the United States +

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Pritchard were found:

Pritchard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Pritchard, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 [1]
  • Pallardary Pritchard, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Richard Pritchard, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [1]
  • Evan Pritchard, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Abraham Pritchard, who arrived in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pritchard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Pritchard, who settled in Maryland in 1734
  • Nicklas Pritchard, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]
Pritchard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Pritchard, aged 49, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Mariena Pritchard, who arrived in New York in 1815 [1]
  • John Pritchard, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1827 [1]
  • James Pritchard, who settled in Open Hole (now Open Hall) in 1830
  • James Pritchard, who landed in America in 1831 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pritchard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Pritchard, who landed in Colorado in 1901 [1]

Canada Pritchard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pritchard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Paul Pritchard, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Josiah Pritchard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Azariah Pritchard U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Pritchard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Pritchard was a shoe-maker in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1827 [3]
  • William Pritchard was a fisherman in Brigus, Newfoundland in 1839 [3]
  • John Pritchard was a fisherman in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland in 1843 [3]
  • Mr. William Pritchard, aged 27 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [4]

Australia Pritchard migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pritchard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Pritchard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]
  • William Pritchard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [5]
  • John Pritchard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Joseph Pritchard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Matilda Pritchard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pritchard migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pritchard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Pritchard, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Pritchard, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [7]
  • Edward Pritchard, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • William Pritchard, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Halbert Pritchard, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pritchard (post 1700) +

  • James Pritchard (b. 1961), American heavyweight professional boxer
  • James Bennett Pritchard (1909-1997), American archeologist
  • Ronald David "Ron" Pritchard (b. 1947), former American football linebacker and professional wrestler
  • David Pritchard, American physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Lauren Pritchard (b. 1987), American soul singer, songwriter and actress
  • Michael Robert Pritchard (b. 1969), former professional American NFL football player
  • Mark Owen Pritchard (b. 1985), Welsh footballer
  • Mathew Pryderi Pritchard (b. 1973), Welsh professional skateboarder
  • Captain Charlie Pritchard (1882-1916), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Dame Eleanor Fulton Laing née Pritchard D.B.E., M.P. (b. 1958), born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, British Member of Parliament for Epping Forest, was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for political and public service [8]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Ernest Pritchard, British Assistant Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. John Pritchard, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Oliver Pritchard, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. John  Pritchard (1855-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
  • Mr. Arthur  Pritchard (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Herbert Lloyd Pritchard (1917-1941), Australian Ordnance Artificer 4th Class from West Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Royal Oak
  • Brinley A. Pritchard, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Pritchard +

  • 684 My Folks: Pritchard, Vaught, Beasley, Sargent by Thelma Sargent.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837LadyEmma.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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