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The name Pritchett 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.

Pritchett Early Origins



The surname Pritchett 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.

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Pritchett Spelling Variations


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Pritchett 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 Pritchett have included Pritchard, Prichard, Prickard and others.

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Pritchett Early History


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Pritchett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pritchett research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1669, 1750, 1681, 1672, 1681, 1632, 1705, 1672, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Pritchett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pritchett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pritchett Early Notables (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 Pritchett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pritchett In Ireland


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Pritchett In Ireland



Some of the Pritchett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 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



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pritchett:

Pritchett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Pritchett, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
  • Henry Pritchett, who arrived in Maryland in 1653
  • John Pritchett, who landed in Maryland in 1653-1658
  • Samuel Pritchett, who arrived in Maryland in 1664
  • Thomas Pritchett, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pritchett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Pritchett, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Andrew Pritchett, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Pritchett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Pritchett, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Pritchett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Pritchett, aged 32, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Elizabeth Pritchett, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pritchett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pritchett (post 1700)



  • Kelvin Pritchett (b. 1969), former American NFL football defensive tackle
  • John Pritchett (b. 1947), American two-time Academy Award nominated sound engineer
  • James Pritchett (b. 1922), American Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, best known for his role as Dr. Matt Powers on the soap opera The Doctors
  • Henry Smith Pritchett (1857-1939), American astronomer and educator, eponym of the Pritchett Lounge at MIT
  • Johnny Pritchett (b. 1943), English amateur welterweight and professional light middle/middle/light heavyweight boxer
  • James Keith Pritchett (b. 1982), English-born, New Zealand association football player, member of the New Zealand National Team 1999 to 2008
  • William Beal "Bill" Pritchett AO (1921-2014), senior Australian politician, Secretary of the Department of Defence (1979-1984)
  • Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett CH CBE (1900-1997), English writer and critic, known for the memoirs A Cab at the Door (1968) and Midnight Oil (1971)
  • Matthew "Matt" Pritchett MBE (b. 1964), English cartoonist at the Daily Telegraph
  • James Pigott Pritchett (1789-1868), English architect who worked from London to York
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Pritchett


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Suggested Readings for the name Pritchett



  • A History and Genealogy of the Pritchett, Rimmer, Jacobs, Hamilton, Families by Dorothy Symmonds.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    11. ...

    The Pritchett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pritchett 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 7 December 2015 at 08:47.

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