Prust History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Prust is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a priest having derived from the Old English word preost, which means priest. It was also a nickname given to a person with a priestly character, and probably also given to a person with the exact opposite character. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Prust family

The surname Prust was first found in Hertfordshire, where they held a family seat before the Middle Ages.

Early History of the Prust family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prust research. Another 391 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1558, 1379, 1615, 1557, 1579, 1621, 1645 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Prust History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Prust Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Prust are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Prust include Preost, Priest, Prest, Preist, Prestt, Press and many more.

Early Notables of the Prust family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Agnes Prest (died 1557), an English Protestant martyr burned at the stake at Southernhay in Exeter; Degory Priest (ca. 1579-1621), A London...
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Ireland Migration of the Prust family to Ireland

Some of the Prust family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Prust migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Prust or a variant listed above:

Prust Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Prust, who arrived in New England in 1720 [1]
Prust Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Prust, aged 48, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [1]

  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) on Facebook
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