Pruett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pruett is derived from the Middle English word "prou," meaning "brave," or "valiant," with the addition of either of two common diminutive suffixes: "-et" or "-ot." As such, this name is thought to have originally been a nickname for someone small, but brave. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Pruett family

The surname Pruett was first found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales.

One of the first records of the family was found in Somerset where Matthew Pruet was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1202. Early London records show Richard Prouet, Pruet, Prowet, there in 1278 and 1280. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 show: Andrew Pruet and William Pruet, both in Cambridgeshire at that time. In Somerset, early records there show Thomas Pruwet, Walter Prowet and Juliana Prouet, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [1]

Early History of the Pruett family

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Pruett Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Pruett has occasionally been spelled Pruett, Prewitt, Prewett, Pruet, Prewert and others.

Early Notables of the Pruett family (pre 1700)

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Pruett Ranking

In the United States, the name Pruett is the 2,243rd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [4]

United States Pruett migration to the United States +

In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Pruett

Pruett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Oliver Pruett, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • William Pruett, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [5]
Pruett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Pruett, who settled in Rappahannock Virginia in 1729
  • Mary Pruett and her husband arrived in Pennsylvania in 1771
Pruett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Josiah Pruett, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [5]
  • J. Pruett and his wife Mary arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Australia Pruett migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pruett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Pruett (post 1700) +

  • Brianna Lea Pruett (1983-2015), American singer-songwriter, musician, painter, poet and filmmaker
  • Jeanne Pruett (b. 1937), American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star
  • Kyle D Pruett M.D., Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry [7]
  • Hubert Shelby Pruett (1900-1982), American professional baseball player
  • Donald Scott Pruett (b. 1960), American NASCAR race car driver
  • Robert Pruett, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 2010 [8]
  • R. H. Pruett, American politician, Mayor of Baytown, Texas, 1954-55 [8]
  • Kim Pruett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 [8]
  • James Pruett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1948 [8]
  • Homer L. Pruett, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Lafayette County Democratic Party, 1949; Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives from Lafayette County, 1950; Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1956 [8]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Harry Roberts Pruett, British Midshipman Royal Navy Reserve, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [9]

The Pruett Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.

Suggested Readings for the name Pruett +

  • The Pruett (Pruitt) Family by Haskell Pruett.
  • Pruett Past & Present by Dorothy Sturgis Pruett.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th August 2021). Retrieved from
  7. ^ Kyle Pruett. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Kyle Pruett. Retrieved from
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook