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The Pruden surname in England is of Norman origins, thought to have originally been a nickname from the Old French "prud’homme" meaning "wise man."

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The surname Pruden was first found in Wiltshire, and Surrey. where Gilbert Prodhome or Prudume was on record in the Pipe Rolls in the 12th century. The name Roger Prodomme or Prodhomme was recorded in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1284, and in 1326. The place named Pridhamsleigh, in Devon is named for John Prodhomme, who lived there in 1281. Like many Norman names, Pruden made its way to Scotland, where the first record of the name was of Willelmus Prodomme of Scotia, a mercator who had safe conduct to England in 1373.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Prudholm, Prudham, Prodhamn, Proudhome, Prudholme, Prudhome, Prodomme, Purdomme, Purdon, Purdholm and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pruden research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1476, 1597, and 1609 are included under the topic Early Pruden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Pruden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 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 were:

Pruden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A.G. Pruden, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • H. Pruden, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Pruden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Elisabeth Pruden, aged 30, who settled in America from England, in 1900
  • Richard Pruden, aged 37, who landed in America from England, in 1900
  • Margaret Pruden, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Thomas Pruden, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1904
  • W.E. Pruden, aged 56, who settled in America, in 1905


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  • Staff Sergeant Robert Joseph Pruden (1949-1969), United States Army soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War
  • Wesley Pruden, American journalist and author and the editor-in-chief of The Washington Times from 1992 until 2008
  • Wes Pruden Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1960
  • W. H. Pruden, American politician, Mayor of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, 1953-56
  • Thomas W. Pruden, American politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 38th Circuit, 1966
  • Keen Pruden, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1845-46
  • Gary Pruden, American Republican politician, Chair of Brown County Republican Party, 2002
  • Andrew J. Pruden, American Democrat politician, Member of Ohio State Senate 1st District, 1884
  • John Peter Pruden (1778-1868), English pioneer in Canada, fur-trader with the Hudson's Bay Company, known to have spoken Cree fluently
  • Doug Pruden, Canadian world record holder of push ups


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  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Pruden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pruden 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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