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The Prudholm 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 Prudholm 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, Prudholm 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 Prudholm research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1476, 1597, and 1609 are included under the topic Early Prudholm History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Prudholm 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:

Prudholm Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Rene Prudholm who settled in Philadelphia in 1798

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