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The name Pross is 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.

Pross Early Origins



The surname Pross was first found in Hertfordshire, where they held a family seat before the Middle Ages.

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Pross Spelling Variations


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Pross Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few 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.

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Pross Early History


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Pross Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pross research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1379, 1615, 1557, 1579, 1621, 1645 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Pross History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pross Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pross Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Agnes Prest (died 1557), an English Protestant martyr burned at the stake at Southernhay in Exeter; Degory Priest ( ca. 1579-1621), A London...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pross Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pross In Ireland


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Pross In Ireland



Some of the Pross family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • Francs Pross, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1771

Pross Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hubert Pross, who arrived in America in 1842
  • August Herbert Pross, aged 29, arrived in Missouri in 1845

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pross (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pross (post 1700)



  • Gordon Allen Pross, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 4th District, 1998

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

    The Pross Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pross 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 9 November 2015 at 10:00.

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