Pritoe is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pritoe family lived in Cornwall
, at Prideaux, from whence they derived their name.
Early Origins of the Pritoe family
The surname Pritoe was first found in Cornwall
, home to Prideaux Castle, an Iron Age hillfort near St Blazey and Prideaux Place, a country house near Padstow that has been in the Prideaux-Brune family for over 400 years. They family trace their descent from Paganus, lord of Prideaux Castle, in Luxulion in the time of William I. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Some of the family were found in nearby Devon
. "In the reign of Elizabeth the manor [of Sidmouth] was leased to Sir William Perryan, and in that of James I. to Sir Christopher Mainwaring; it was subsequently sold to Sir Edmond Prideaux, with the exception of the great tithes, which were given to Wadham College, and now belong to the Rev. William Jenkins, the incumbent. The manor was purchased from Sir Wilmot Prideaux by Thomas Jenkins, Esq." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pritoe family
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Pritoe Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pritoe are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pritoe include Prideaux, Prideux and others.
Early Notables of the Pritoe family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Prideaux D.D. (1578-1650), an English academic and Bishop of Worcester; Sir Peter Prideaux, 2nd Baronet
(1596-1682); Sir Peter Prideaux, 3rd Baronet
(1626-1705); Sir Edmund Prideaux, 4th Baronet
(1647-1720); Sir Edmund Prideaux, 5th Baronet
(1675-1729); Sir John Prideaux, 6th Baronet
(1695-1766); Richard Prideaux... Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pritoe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pritoe family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pritoe, or a variant listed above: Nicholas Prideaux who settled in Barbados in 1678; with his servants, wife and child.