The name Pryke is of Anglo-Saxon
origin. It was name for a young buck
having been from the Old English word priket,
a young buck. 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. Often nicknames described strong traits or attributes that people wished to emulate in a specific animal.
Early Origins of the Pryke family
The surname Pryke was first found in Westmorland
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pryke family
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Pryke Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pryke have been found, including Prickett, Pricket, Prichet and others.
Early Notables of the Pryke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pryke family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pryke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Pryke, aged 30, a bricklayer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Eliza Pryke, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Charles J. Pryke, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
The Pryke 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: Auxillium ab alto
Motto Translation: Aid from above.