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Prescott Family History

Prescott Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of the places so called, in southwestern Lancashire (now Merseyside), Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, and Devon, all of which are named from Old English preost ‘priest’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘dwelling’. The surname is most common in Lancashire, and so it seems likely that the first of these places is the most frequent source. It is also present in Ireland, being recorded there first in the 15th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Prescott Families

  • Number of Prescott families
     188 - 374
     63 - 187
     1 - 62
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Prescott families
     1,493 - 2,983
     498 - 1,492
     1 - 497
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Prescott families
     11 - 19
     4 - 10
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Prescott Family Origin

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Prescott Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Prescott

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Prescott Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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