In the ancient Scottish-English border region, the ancestors of the name Prong lived among the Boernicians
. They lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire
, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Prong is a habitation name, a category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The place name comes from the Old English word hop
which referred to an "enclosed valley," and Prjónn,
an Old Norse name comprised of components which mean peg
Thus, the original bearer of the surname came from an area noted for an enclosed valley or a ravine.
Early Origins of the Prong family
The surname Prong was first found in Roxburghshire
, where the first Chief on record was Robert de Hoppryngil who witnessed a deed by King Alexander III of Scotland
in 1250 A.D. Forty-six years later, Ellys Obringkel was Bishop of St. Andrews, and rendered homage to King Edward I
on his brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296. His seal bore a hunting horn. About this time they acquired the Clan
territories near Stow and they became close allies of the Black Douglases.
Early History of the Prong family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prong research.Another 664 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1406, 1200, 1450, 1455, 1455, 1485, 1976, 1707, 1789, 1834, 1580 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Prong History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Prong Spelling Variations
Spelling rules only evolved in the last few centuries with the invention of the printing press and the first dictionaries. Spelling variations
are extremely common in names from before that period. Prong has been spelled Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.
Early Notables of the Prong family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Sir Robert Pringle of Stitchill. Sir John Pringle (1707-82), Scottish physician and reformer, doctor to the Royal Family including King George III, the so-called "mad king" who has been called the "father of military medicine;" Also about this time, Thomas Pringle (1789-1834) Scottish... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prong Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Prong family to Ireland
Some of the Prong 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.
Migration of the Prong family to the New World and Oceana
After making their great crossing, many Boernician-Scottish families settled along the east coast of North America. When the War of Independence
broke out, United Empire Loyalists moved north to Canada while the rest stayed to fight. The ancestors of many of these Scots still populate the continent. This century, through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations, they began to rediscover their collective national heritage. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Prong or a variant listed above: John and William Pringle settled in Maryland in 1775; James Pringle settled in Jamaica in 1774; Capt. Pringle, 27th Regiment (Rogers Rangers) who was stationed in Ticonderoga and led an assault on Quebec in 1758. George Pringle settled in Philadelphia in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Prong (post 1700)
- Edwin E. Prong, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html