Pruit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Pruit 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.

Early Origins of the Pruit family

The surname Pruit 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, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Pruit family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pruit research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1278, 1558 and 1599 are included under the topic Early Pruit History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pruit Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Pruit has seen various spelling variations: Pruett, Prewitt, Prewett, Pruet, Prewert and others.

Early Notables of the Pruit family (pre 1700)

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United States Pruit migration to the United States +

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pruit:

Pruit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Pruit, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
Pruit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pruit, aged 40, who immigrated to America from England, in 1892
Pruit Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Burney Pruit, aged 25, who landed in America from Roswell, N. M., in 1913
  • Benj. Pruit, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Pruit (post 1700) +

  • F. L. Pruit, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1944 [2]


The Pruit 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.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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