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Prior Family History

Prior Name Meaning
Southern English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: ultimately from Latin prior ‘superior’, used to denote a prior, a monastic official immediately subordinate to an abbot, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a prior or, more often, an occupational name for a servant of a prior.Irish: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora ‘son of the prior’ (this is the usual origin in Counties Cavan and Leitrim). Some examples may be Anglo-Norman, the same name as in 1.Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan: from prior, probably denoting someone in the service of a prior or a nickname for someone who behaved in a pompous way.

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

843,577 Historical Documents with Prior on Ancestry.com
234,681 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
24,295 Military Records
16,860 Immigration Records
191,508 Census and Voter Lists
376,233 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Prior Families

  • Number of Prior families
     80 - 157
     27 - 79
     1 - 26
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Prior families
     750 - 1,498
     251 - 749
     1 - 250
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Prior families
     30 - 57
     11 - 29
     1 - 10
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Prior Family Origin

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Prior Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Prior

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Prior Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Prior census records

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Prior Civil War Service Records

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