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Spelling variations include: Price and Pryce

Welsh and Irish Origins
Welsh - Coat of Arms: Red with a silver LION rampant

Crest: A lion holding a rose

Motto: Auxilium meum a domino

Motto Translated: My help is from the Lord

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LION: Biblically the Lion represents the tribe of Judah; "Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion, who shall rouse him up?" Genesis 49:9

and symbolically, in heraldry the Lion is an emblem of majesty, strength,  justice, military strength, and deathless courage, a definite fierce foe to their enemy. French heraldry calls the passant lion a leopard; accordingly Napoleon said to his soldiers, "Let us drive these leopards (the English) into the sea."  In heraldry any Lion not rampant is often called a lion leopardé. 
Another tradition is that the Lion is the only animal of the cat tribe born with its eyes open, and it is said that it sleeps with its eyes open; although not completely true the Lion does sleep watchfully and lightly. 

The Lion in the arms of Scotland: Derived from the arms of the ancient Earls of Northumberland and Huntingdon, from whom some of the Scottish monarchs were descended. 
The Lions in the arms of England: Three Lions passant guardant, i.e. walking and showing their full face.  The first Lion was that of Rollo, Duke of Normandy, and the second represented the country of Maine, which was added to Normandy.  These were the two Lions borne by William the Conqueror and his descendants.  Henry II added a third Lion to represent the Duchy of Aquitaine, which came to him through his wife Eleanor. 
Commonly referred to as "the king of the beasts," it is a symbol of kingly power and might, but as the lioness it is commonly related to the Great Mother and to protection.

The first of the Price family was found in Merionethshire before the Norman Conquest during the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early American settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Anne Price settled in Virginia in 1650; along with Daniel in 1663; Edward in 1623; Elizabeth in 1651; Evan in 1663; George in 1647; Hannah in 1654; Henry in 1622.

Some noteworthy people of the name Price
  • Vincent Price (1911-) American actor
  • Leontyne Price (1927-) American operatic soprano
  • George Price (1901-) American cartoonist
  • George Price (1919) Belize politician
  • Henry Habberley Price (1899-1985) Welsh philosopher
  • Mary Violet Leontyne Price (1927-) American soprano
  • Richard Price (1723-1791) Welsh moral philosopher
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Of all the surnames to be found in England, those that originated in Wales are comparatively few in number. Despite this, Welsh surnames are very unique, and their variety is manifested in a different form.
Definition: A patronymic name derived from the Welsh "ap Rhys," meaning "son of Rhys." The given name Rhys means "enthusiasm" in Welsh. Surname Origin: Welsh Alternate Surname Spellings: PRYCE