Last name origins & meanings:
- Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Rhys ‘son of
Rhys’ (see Reece). This is one of the commonest of Welsh
surnames. It has also been established in Ireland since the 14th
century, where it is sometimes a variant of Bryson.
- English: the name is also found very early in parts of England far
removed from Welsh influence (e.g. Richard Prys, Essex 1320),
and in such cases presumably derives from Middle English, Old French
pris ‘price’, ‘prize’, perhaps as a metonymic occupational name
for a fixer of prices.
- Americanized spelling of
Jewish Preuss or Preis.
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