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The Welsh name Pryce is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Rhys, which also took the forms Rice and Rees. The surname Pryce was originally ap-Rhys, ap-Rice, or ap-Rees: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

Pryce Early Origins



The surname Pryce was first found in Merionethshire (Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pryce Spelling Variations


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Pryce Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Pryce have included Price, Pryce and others.

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Pryce Early History


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Pryce Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pryce research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1596, 1657, 1628, 1651, 1646, 1648, 1630, 1675, 1660, 1666, 1640, 1660, 1661, 1605, 1678, 1640, 1678, 1671, 1619 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Pryce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pryce Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pryce Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Marchwithian, Chieftain of the Prices in North Wales; Sir John Pryce (Price), 1st Baronet ( ca. 1596-ca. 1657), an Anglo- Welsh Baronet and Member of Parliament, initially a Royalist in 1628 he was created a Baronet; Sir Richard Pryse, 1st Baronet (died 1651)...

Another 102 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pryce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pryce In Ireland


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Pryce In Ireland



Some of the Pryce family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Pryce:

Pryce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Howell Pryce, aged 25, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • Launcelot Pryce, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Pryce, who arrived in Virginia in 1655

Pryce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Pryce, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • William Pryce, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Thomas Pryce, who arrived in New York in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pryce (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pryce (post 1700)



  • Trevor Wesley Pryce II (b. 1975), retired American NFL football defensive end
  • Deborah D. Pryce (b. 1951), American politician from Ohio, former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Ohio
  • William Thornton Pryce (1932-2006), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, 1993-96
  • Deborah D. Pryce (b. 1951), American Republican politician, Municipal judge in Ohio, 1989-92; U.S. Representative from Ohio 15th District, 1993-
  • Thomas Tannatt Pryce VC MC & Bar (1886-1918), Welsh recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Pryce (1828-1903), Welsh clergyman and writer on church history, Dean of Bangor Cathedral
  • Thomas Maldwyn Pryce (1949-1977), Welsh racing driver, famous for winning the Brands Hatch Race of Champions (1975)
  • Bradley Pryce (b. 1981), Welsh professional boxer
  • Jonathan Pryce CBE (b. 1947), Welsh Tony Award winning, Welsh BAFTA Award winning, Golden Globe nominated stage and film actor and singer
  • Maurice Henry Lecorney Pryce (1913-2003), British physicist
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pryce Historic Events


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Pryce Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Pryce, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles William Pryce (d. 1912), aged 22, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Vita brevis gloria aeterna
Motto Translation: Life is short, glory eternal


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

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