Prior Family History

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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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Prior Family Origin

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Prior Family Occupations

What did your Prior ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Prior occupation in Canada was Farmer. 19% of Prior's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Prior. A less common occupation for the Prior family was Student.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Laborer

  • Student


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Prior ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Prior Historical Records

What Prior family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Prior Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Prior ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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