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Where did the English Proudfit family come from? What is the English Proudfit family crest and coat of arms? When did the Proudfit family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Proudfit family history?

The Proudfit surname comes from the Middle English word "prod," meaning "proud," and "fote," meaning "foot." As such, it is thought to have originally been a nickname for someone with strutting or swaggering gait.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Proudfoot, Proudfont, Proudfoote and others.

First found in Northumberland 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Proudfit research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1303, and 1689 are included under the topic Early Proudfit History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Proudfit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Proudfit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mathew Proudfoot, who came to New England in 1750; John Proudfoot, who settled in Virginia in 1774; and Richard Proudfoot, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1808..

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The Proudfit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Proudfit 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.

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