Pryor Family History

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Pryor Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Prior.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Pryer, Prior, Prier, Mayor, Cryer, Poynor, Fryer, Bryon, Bryer, Pryce

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Pryor Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Pryor name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Pryor. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Pryor Family Origin

Where is the Pryor family from?

Pryor Family Occupations

What did your Pryor ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Pryor occupation in Canada was Farmer. 48% of Pryor's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Pryor family was Day Laborer. Farmer, Farmer Son and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Pryor.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • Laborer

  • Day Laborer


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

Pryor Historical Records

What Pryor family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 137,000 census records available for the last name Pryor. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Pryor 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Pryor. 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 23,000 military records available for the last name Pryor. For the veterans among your Pryor ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Pryor Life Expectancy

What is the average Pryor lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Pryor life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Pryor in 1940 was 72, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Pryor 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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