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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 prętig, 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.

Pritt Early Origins



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.

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Pritt Spelling Variations


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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.

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Pritt Early History


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Pritt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pritt research. Another 155 words (11 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.

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Pritt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pritt Early Notables (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.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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

Pritt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • C.E. Pritt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Seppings" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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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Contemporary Notables of the name Pritt (post 1700)


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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

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Pritt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pritt 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 30 October 2016 at 21:49.

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