Bardsley's ENGLISH SURNAMES says, "Prior, Pryor--Official, 'the prior,' the head of a convent", and lists several examples including Hugh le Priur, co. Suffolk, 1273; Richard le Prior, co. Suffolk, ibid.; and Anthony Prior who took out a marriage license with Elizabeth Sharsey in London in 1577. (You have to admit that his first example sounds very French, however.)
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