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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


Similar surnames: Priore, Priolo, Prime, Oriol, Prim, Brier, Price, Pritz, Prier, Rio

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Where is the Prior family from?

You can see how Prior families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Prior family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Prior families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 45 Prior families living in Ohio. This was about 18% of all the recorded Prior's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Prior families in 1840.
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What did your Prior ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Prior. 17% of Prior men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Prior women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Prior were Clerk and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 211,000 census records available for the last name Prior. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Prior census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Prior. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Prior. For the veterans among your Prior ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Prior lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Prior life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1945. The average life expectancy for Prior in 1944 was 26, and 76 in 2004.

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