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PRITCHARD Family History

This surname is of Welsh origin, and is a patronymic of the male given name Richard combined with the Welsh prefix 'ap' which means 'son of'. The final, contracted form 'Prichard' and the related name, 'Pritchard', therefore literally mean 'son of Richard'.

Richard had become popular as a personal name in Britain after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and generally increases in popularity in Wales from the 16th century onwards.

Up until the 16th century it was not seen as a fixed, hereditary surname in Wales as patronymics remained the predominant naming system. Up until that time the forms 'ap Richard' and 'ap Risiart' would have been used, and as such they would only have applied to males within a single generation of a family. Females (the daughters of a man named Richard) would have been known, instead, as 'ferch Richard' or 'verch Risiart' (literally 'daughter of Richard').

Settled surnames, such as Prichard/Pritchard, only became evident in Wales between the 16th and 19th centuries. In north west Wales, where the Prichard form was especially popular, hereditary surnames really only came into existence between the late 18th century and the middle of the 19th century, at which point the original ancestor named Richard, who bequeathed the surname to the family, would have lived.

Some families in some parts of Wales would have dropped the 'ap' prefix altogether and would instead have opted for the 'Richard' or 'Richards' form when they fixed their surname.

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    Miles Hodges Pritchard

    To Wendy Pritchard, I too am a descendant of a Thomas Pritchard. He married a Mary Woods. They had a son Hansel Pritchard who married Sabrina Garrett, who had John Walter Pritchard, ( wife Janie) who had John T Pritchard sr, who had my father John T Pritchard Jr. I would like to confirm a connection to Thomas Pritchard you refer to.
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    Morehu Pritchard

    I am from New Zealand and we have been here for 5 generations. Will have to ask my aunty about more of where we come from since my grandfather has passed.
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    Jason Robert Pritchard

    Never met my dad or any other pritchard
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    Wendy Pritchard

    I’m a descendant if Thomas Pritchard one of the earliest people to come to America Virginia. Thomas worked for the Virginia company .
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    Dianna Pritchard Black

    I want to learn more about the Pritchard family.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 1 of 3) The Pritchard name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. The Pritchard story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup FA] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Pritchard surname origin is possibly from the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who found the Kingdom of Brycheiniog, Wales around 300 CE.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Kingdom of Brycheiniog will take part in an invasion of Brittany, France around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Pritchard story begins in pre-history Ireland but this descendant will then move to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. A relative and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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