Last name origins & meanings:
- German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a laudable
or celebrated person, from Middle High German prīs, Dutch
prijs, German Preis ‘praise’, ‘fame’, ‘worth’.
- Southern German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): regional name for
someone from Prussia, from a southern German variant of Preuss
or from Yiddish prays ‘Prussia’.
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