Pritt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the Pritt surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a crafty or cunning individual. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prætig, which meant crafty. Some variants of the name have the suffix man appended to them; this seems to have occurred sometime in the late 15th or early 16th centuries.

Early Origins of the Pritt family

The surname Pritt was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pritt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pritt research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1st , 1612, 1676, 1661 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Pritt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pritt Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pritt are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pritt include: Prettyman, Pretyman, Pretty and others.

Early Notables of the Pritt family (pre 1700)

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pritt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pritt migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pritt or a variant listed above:

Pritt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Pritt, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]

Australia Pritt migration to Australia +

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

Pritt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • C.E. Pritt, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Seppings" in 1839 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pritt (post 1700) +

  • Frank Pritt, American former salesperson and product manager for Harris Corporation who founded Attachmate Corporation in 1982 and later listed on Forbes' list of 400 richest Americans in October 1995
  • Ryan Pritt (b. 1986), American co-owner of Pritt Entertainment Group and public address announcer for the Cleveland Indians
  • Charlotte Pritt (b. 1949), American educator, businesswoman, and politician
  • Lieutenant Walbanke Ashby Pritt MC, DFC (1897-1928), British First World War flying ace credited with five aerial victories
  • Denis Nowell Pritt (1887-1972), British barrister and Labour Party politician, a defender of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin
  • John Pritt Harley (1786-1858), English actor


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEPPINGS 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Seppings.htm


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