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Prouse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the name Prouse begins with the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This Norman name was soon thereafter given to a proud, haughty, or brave being derived from the Old French word prous.

Early Origins of the Prouse family


The surname Prouse was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. However, some remained in Normandy as Drogon Prose was listed there in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180-1195.) [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Early History of the Prouse family


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Prouse Spelling Variations


Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Prouse family name include Prouse, Prouze, Prowse, Prowze, Prouz, Prowes and others.

Early Notables of the Prouse family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Prouse family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Prouse family to immigrate North America:

Prouse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Prouse who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Emblence Prouse, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Emblence Prouse, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • George Prouse, who landed in Maryland in 1664 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Prouse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Germaine Prouse, who settled in New York in 1775
  • Germaine Prouse, who arrived in New York in 1798 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Prouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Prouse, who landed in Mississippi in 1871 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Prouse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Prouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  • Edward Prouse, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BOLTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Bolton.htm

Prouse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Prouse, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Mary Prouse, aged 44, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Sarah Prouse, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • William Prouse, aged 15, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • Richard Prouse, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Prouse (post 1700)


  • Peter Prouse (1919-1986), American actor, known for The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Nightwing (1979) and Count Five and Die (1957)
  • Wesley Prouse, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Montana State Senate 23rd District, 2010 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Graham Prouse, Canadian President of Curling Canada (2009-2010)
  • Justin Oliver Prouse (b. 1961), birth name of Justin Oliver Webb, a British journalist who has worked for the BBC since 1984
  • Derek Prouse (d. 1996), American mystery writer

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Citations


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SANTIPORE 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Santipore.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The BOLTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Bolton.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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