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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Prudhomme family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Prudhomme surname derives from the Old French "prud’homme" meaning a "wise," or "sensible" man; and as such was a nickname for an honest, or wise man.
The surname Prudhomme was first found in Guyenne in the south-west of France where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of St.-Maur, and were members of the aristocracy of that region for many centuries.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Prudhom, Prudhomm, Prudhomme, Prud'Homme, Prud'homme, Prud'hommeau, Prud'home, Prudhon, Prud'hon, Prud'Hommeau, Prudhommeaux, Prud'Hommeaux, Prudham, Pridham, Predham, Predhamm and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prudhomme research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1758 and 1823 are included under the topic Early Prudhomme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Prudhomme Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Prudhomme Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Prudhomme Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Prudhomme Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Prudhomme Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Prudhomme Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Prudhomme Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prudhomme 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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