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Re: Need some help on the Origin of the surname PRIOR
Posted by: Margaret Boyer (ID *****4356) Date: March 05, 2003 at 06:54:53
In Reply to: Need some help on the Origin of the surname PRIOR by Gabriel Murphy of 628

From what I've read in different genealogy books, our name of Prior, regardless of how it is spelled, originated in France. Were French Huegenots. They followed a King, who when put to death the Priors ran for their lives and were scattered out into other countries. So regardless of what country they were from when they came to the U.S.A. they are still of the same original French ancestors. The name can be traced back to the reign of Henry III 1216-1232. A knightly family known as de PRIERS, pronounced de PRAYERS also de PREYERS. Name was also spelled dePRIORUR. Some Pryors went to Britian wih the Duke of Normandy, who won the battle at Hastings and became William I of England. Thee were manors called PRAYERS, PRYORS or PRAYOURS. King Edward I { 1272-1307} had two knights called Sir John & Sir Edward de PRIERES. During Henry VII reign in 1507, Sir Andrew PRIOR held the manor. Probably the name PRIOR was the most original in England and most if not all PRYORs can be traced back to it. The name de PRAYERS changed over time to PRIER, PRYER,PRIOR,PRYOR. Early historians considered the names of PRIORUR,PRYOUR,PRIOUR, PRIOR as the same, just written different ways by those who could write. Most early writers wrote a name according to how it sounded to him. Also religious houses were called PRIORIES / Hope this helps. There is more to be found on his surname in different books.

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