Show ContentsPrudence History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Prudence surname is a habitational name, taken on from "the lands of Provan, formerly a possession of the prebendary of Barlanark, one of the canons of Glasgow cathedral. Provand is the vemacular for prebenda. A surname around Glasgow and also surname of a family long connected with Strathblane and Killearn. Richard de Prebenda who was clerk to William the Lion, is probably Richard de Prebenda, charter witness, c. 1190, 1200, and 1231." [1]

Early Origins of the Prudence family

The surname Prudence was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

"Robert surnamed de Prebenda was elected dean of Dunkeld, 1248 (Chron. Mail., s.a.), Adam de Prebenda was clerk to the king, 1263 (Pap. Lett., I, p. 389), and Robert de Prebenda was bishop of Dunblane, 1258-82. John de Prebenda was burgess of Glasgow, 1428 (LCD., p. 245), and Stephen Provand had a remission for his share in burning the town of Dunbretane, 1489." [1]

Provan Hall (also known as Provanhall, Hall of Provan and 'Hall Mailings') is a historic place composed of two buildings built about the 15th century and situated in Auchinlea Park, Easterhouse, Glasgow. Originally known as "Hall of Provan," it was probably built in the same era as The Provand's Lordship of Glasgow in the same area, now a medieval historic house museum.

Early History of the Prudence family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prudence research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1258, 1489, 1521, 1549, 1552 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Prudence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prudence Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Provan, Provand, Provender, Proven and others.

Early Notables of the Prudence family

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United States Prudence migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prudence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jehosaphat Prudence, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Prudence (post 1700) +

  • Prudence Ann McIntyre (1945-2023), American singer, known professionally as Patience and Prudence, she was active from 1956 to 1964
  • Prudence Heward (1896-1947), Canadian painter and member of the Beaver Hall Group and a co-founder of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Contemporary Arts Society
  • Prudence Adam, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008 [3]
  • Prudence Bushnell (b. 1946), American diplomat, former United States Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala
  • Prudence Bushnell (b. 1946), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, 1996; Guatamala, 1999 [4]

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook