Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a priest having derived from the Old English word preost, which means priest. It was also a nickname given to a person with a priestly character, and probably also given to a person with the exact opposite character. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Pross family
Hertfordshire, where they held a family seat before the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Pross family
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Pross Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pross include Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.
Early Notables of the Pross family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pross family to Ireland
Some of the Pross family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pross family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pross were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Pross Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Pross (post 1700)
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