Last name: PRIOR

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Last name frequency

PRIOR : This last name is indexed 145,353 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

PRIOR : 1: English (southern) 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.2: 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 above.3: 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.

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