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Price and Pryce are surnames common among those of Welsh ancestry, as they are an anglicized form of the Welsh patronymic ap Rhys, meaning "son of Rhys."  Rhys also left the surnames Rees, Rice and Preece.  Pryce continues to be a variant spelling of Price.

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Wales.   The Prices of Rhiwlas in present day Gwynedd have an ap Rhys lineage dating back to the 11th century.  Rhys ap Meredydd (Rhys Fawr) fought for Henry Tudor at Bosworth Field in 1485 and was suitably rewarded.  The Price spelling was adopted sometime around 1600.  This family remained influential in what was then Merionethshire until the 20th century.

The Pryces of Montgomeryshire began with Rhys who was slain during the Wars of the Roses in 1469.   The line continued with various sheriffs during the 16th and 17th centuries and Sir John Pryce of Newton Hall, MP and baronet, and ended in 1791.  However, Montgomeryshire continued to be an outpost for the Pryce name.  Elsewhere the Price spelling had become the norm.

By the 19th century, more Welsh Prices were to be found in Glamorgan in south Wales.  Thomas Price was one of the three partners in the Dowlais inronworks in the 1760's (said to have been the largest in the world at that time).  Many Prices remained in the area.

crossed the border into England: 
  • Prices from Montgomeryshire settled in Shropshire in the 16th century.  Thomas Price was vicar of Shrewsbury and his son, the Rev. Thomas Price, was chaplain to Charles I before he became King.  
  • while Robert Price from Denbighshire, a prominent lawyer and judge, acquired the Foxley estate in Herefordshire in 1691.  His descendant Sir Uvedale Price wrote with some persuasion about architecture and design a hundred years later.
The Prices of Trengwainton in Cornwall descended from the Welsh plantation owners in Jamaica.  Many of them served in the British army.  Dennis Price was a film and TV actor in the 1950's and 1960's.

Price also emerged, independently of the Welsh, as a surname in southeast England.  It is thought possibly to have derived there from the Old French pris and denoted someone who set prices.

By the time of the 1881 census, the largest number of Prices in England was in Staffordshire and Lancashire.

John Price came to Jamestown in Virginia either in 1611 or 1620.  His descendants were Virginia planters until the time of the Civil War.

One line under Captain John Price migrated to Kentucky in the 1790’s.  Samuel W. Price, born there, was a Union General during the Civil War.  He, however, lost his sight in his later years.  Other Price lines were to be found in Missouri.  
Sterling Price became Governor of Missouri in 1852.  Known to his troops as “Old Pap,” he ended up a General on the Confederate side in the Civil War.  His two sons Edwin and Celsus were both colonels in the Confederate army.

  Francis Price from Wales was an army captain in the English capture of Jamaica in 1655.  He stayed on and his descendants grew wealthy from Rose Hall and their other Jamaican sugar plantations.

Welsh Pryces were reported in Jamaica in the 1850’s.  George Pryce left Jamaica for America as a young man in the 1880’s and graduated as a young “black” doctor in Tennessee.  He went on to found Pryce’s Pharmacy in Los Angeles, a drugstore on the corner of Pryce Street which is run by his grandson

Canada.  William Price was a pioneer of the Canadian lumber trade.  Coming from an impoverished Welsh family in London, he arrived in Quebec in 1810 as a young man with a mandate to supply lumber for the British navy.  In the succeeding years, his name became synonymous with the development of the Seguenay region as a timber producer.  The family pulp and paper empire continued into the 20th century.  The old company headquarters, Price House, is today a landmark in Quebec City and the location of the Quebec Premier's official residence.

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Richard Price was a Welsh moral and political philosopher of the 18th century..
Thomas Price, known by his bardic name Carnhuanawc, was a Welsh historian of the early 19th century.
William Price was a pioneer of the Canadian lumber trade in the early 19th century.
William Price was a 19th century physician and eccentric, best known today for his promotion of cremation.
Vincent Price was an American actor known for his performances in horror movies.
Dick Price was co-founder in 1962 of the Esalen Institute in California.
Jonathan Pryce is a well-known Welsh stage actor who has made his name in musicals.
Nick Price from Zimbabwe is one of the leading golfers of the world.

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  • 106,000 in the UK (most numerous in London)
  • 88,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
  • 42,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Canada)

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Adams Ellis Johnson O'Connor
Allen Evans Jones O'Sullivan Shaw
Anderson Fisher
Kelly Parker Simpson
Bailey Foster Kennedy Perry Smith
Baker Fox King Peterson Stevens
Barnes Fraser 
Lee Phillips Stewart
Bell Graham Lewis Powell Taylor
Bennett Gray Marshall Price Thomas
Brown Green Martin Reed
Griffiths Mason      
Reynolds Turner
Campbell Hall McDonald Richards
Carter Hamilton Miller  Richardson Walsh
Chapman Harris Mitchell Roberts Ward
Clark Harrison
Moore Robertson Watson
Collins Henderson Morgan Robinson White
Cook Hill Morris Rogers Williams
Cooper Howard Murphy Ross Wilson
Cox Hughes Murray Russell Wood
Davis Jackson Nelson Ryan Wright
Edwards James O'Brien 

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