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Re: Need some help on the Origin of the surname PRIOR
Posted by: H E Byars (ID *****5787) Date: September 18, 2002 at 16:18:55
In Reply to: Need some help on the Origin of the surname PRIOR by Gabriel Murphy of 628

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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