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The name Pryer came to England with the ancestors of the Pryer family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Pryer is for a monastic official immediately subordinate to an abbot having derived from the Old English word prior, meaning superior, and indicates that the original bearer of the name held this position.

Pryer Early Origins



The surname Pryer was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Pryer Spelling Variations


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Pryer Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Prior, Pryor and others.

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Pryer Early History


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Pryer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pryer research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1125, 1664, 1721, 1680, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Pryer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pryer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pryer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pryer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pryer In Ireland


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Pryer In Ireland



Some of the Pryer 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pryer or a variant listed above were:

Pryer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniell Pryer, who came to New England in 1635 at age 13
  • Daniell Pryer, aged 13, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Peter Pryer, aged 26, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Pryer, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Thomas Pryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pryer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Pryer, who arrived in Virginia in 1764

Pryer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Pryer, who arrived in New York in 1836

Pryer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Edward Pryer U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Pryer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • F. Pryer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mary Ridgway" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY RIDGWAY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839MaryRidgeway.gif

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pryer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pryer (post 1700)



  • Charlene Barbara Pryer (1921-1999), American female utility in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who played from 1946 to 1952
  • William Burgess Pryer (1843-1899), the first British Resident in North Borneo and the founder of the modern Sandakan
  • Kathryn Pryer (b. 1990), Australian football defender

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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: Speriamo
Motto Translation: We hope


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY RIDGWAY 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839MaryRidgeway.gif

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 9 March 2016 at 15:17.

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