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

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  • Farmer

    19%
  • Labourer

    14%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Student

    6%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Prior family was Student. 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.

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Prior Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1944 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Prior

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