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The name Prowse thought to be of Norman heritage. It is a name for a person who was a proud, haughty, or brave being derived from the Old French word prous.

Prowse Early Origins



The surname Prowse 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)

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Prowse Spelling Variations


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Prowse Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Prouse, Prouze, Prowse, Prowze, Prouz, Prowes and others.

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Prowse Early History


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Prowse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prowse research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Prowse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prowse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prowse Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Prowse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Prowse or a variant listed above were:

Prowse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Prowse, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Prowse, who arrived in Virginia in 1624
  • John Prowse, who landed in Virginia in 1639
  • John Prowse settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Charles Prowse, who landed in Maryland in 1673

Prowse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Prowse, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Nancy Prowse, aged 24, arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  • Mary Prowse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848
  • Thomas Prowse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • Thomas Prowse arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849

Prowse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Prowse, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870
  • Margaret Prowse, aged 29, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prowse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prowse (post 1700)



  • George Henry Prowse (1896-1918), English Royal Navy sailor, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • James Harper Prowse (1913-1976), Canadian politician, barrister and solicitor
  • Thomas William Lemuel Prowse (1888-1973), Canadian businessman, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island (1950-1958)
  • David Prowse (b. 1935), British actor, best known for his role as Darth Vader in Star Wars
  • Edgar Wylie Prowse (1905-1977), Australian politician
  • Daniel Woodley Prowse (1834-1914), Newfoundland, lawyer, politician, judge, and historian

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Prowse Historic Events


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Prowse Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Bebbington Prowse, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Prowse, English Assistant Pantry Steward from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Citations


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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Prowse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prowse 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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