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Origins of the Pritchard surname

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What does the name Pritchard mean?

Pritchard is a Welsh surname. It is a patronymic name, with the Welsh 'ap' (son of) prefixing the given name of Richard. Over time 'Ap-Richard' abridged to 'Pritchard'. It began to proliferate mostly in the 1500s, when surnames began to take root among the Welsh population after changes in English law.

Alternative variations of the name Pritchard

Pritchard, Prichard, Pritchart, Pritshard, Prishard

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Where do most Pritchards live?

In 1921, most Pritchards lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Pritchards

How common is your surname?

295th most common surname in the UK

We have 163,000 records for the Pritchard surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Pritchards most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Pritchard first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Pritchards

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Pritchards in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant




Common Male occupations for Pritchards in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner Hewer


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