Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
Spanish, and Catalan: from prior, probably denoting someone in
the service of a prior or a nickname for someone who behaved in a
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