Pryor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Pryor is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name 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.

Early Origins of the Pryor family

The surname Pryor 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.

Important Dates for the Pryor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pryor research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1125, 1664, 1721, 1682, 1751, 1680, 1751 and are included under the topic Early Pryor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pryor Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Prior, Pryor and others.

Early Notables of the Pryor family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pryor family to Ireland

Some of the Pryor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Pryor migration to the United States

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pryor or a variant listed above:

Pryor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Pryor, who landed in Maryland in 1663 [1]
  • Mary Pryor, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Joane Pryor, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [1]
Pryor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Pryor, aged 45, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [1]
  • Joseph Pryor, who landed in America in 1831 [1]

Pryor migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pryor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Pryor, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • John Pryor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847 [3]
  • Joseph Pryor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 [4]
  • Thomas Pryor, aged 43, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "William Money" [5]
  • Joseph Pryor, aged 38, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pryor migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pryor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Pryor, (b. 1842), aged 16, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [6]
  • Miss Elizabeth Pryor, (b. 1855), aged 7, Cornish settler departing on 21st October 1862 aboard the ship "Chariot of Fame" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th January 1863 [7]
  • Mrs. Harriet Pryor, (b. 1837), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 21st October 1862 aboard the ship "Chariot of Fame" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th January 1863 [7]
  • Miss Harriet Pryor, (b. 1859), aged 3, Cornish settler departing on 21st October 1862 aboard the ship "Chariot of Fame" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th January 1863 [7]
  • Mr. Martin Pryor, (b. 1862), aged 4 months, Cornish settler departing on 21st October 1862 aboard the ship "Chariot of Fame" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 29th January 1863 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Pryor (post 1700)

  • Frederic LeRoy Pryor (1933-2019), American economist
  • Aaron Pryor (1955-2016), American boxer, World Junior Welterweight Champion from 1980 to 1985, inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Elizabeth Brown Pryor (1950-2015), American diplomat and historian, awarded the Lincoln Prize for Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters in 2008
  • William Holcombe "Bill" Pryor Jr. (b. 1962), American federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Attorney General of the State of Alabama (1997 to 2004)
  • Rain Pryor (b. 1969), American actress and comedian, daughter of Richard Pryor
  • Nicholas Pryor (b. 1935), born Nicholas David Probst, is an American film and television actor
  • Roger Pryor (1828-1919), American newspaper editor and politician, New York state judge
  • Mark Pryor (b. 1963), American politician, U.S. Senator from Arkansas (2003-)
  • Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (1940-2005), American Emmy and five-time Grammy Award winning stand-up comedian
  • Snooky Pryor (1921-2005), African-American blues musician
  • ... (Another 38 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Pryor family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Albert Pryor (1921-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Pryor, English 3rd Class passenger from England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CRESSY 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Cressy.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "WILLIAM MONEY" 1848-49. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WmMoney.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  8. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  9. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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