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Prescott Family History

This interesting surname, with variant spellings Prescott, Prescot, Preskett and Priscott, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is locational from any of the various places named with the Olde English pre 7th Century "preost", priest or parson, plus "cot", a cottage or dwelling. These places include: Prescott in Gloucestershire, recorded as "Prestecote" in the 1287 Pipe Rolls of that county; Prescott, north west of Culmstock, Devonshire; Prescott near Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire; Prescote in Oxfordshire; and Prescot in south west Lancashire, recorded as "Prestecota" in the 1178 Pipe Rolls of Lancashire.

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