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Origin and popularity of the name PRIOR

Origin

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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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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    Variants of name PRIOR

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