Last name: Prendergast

This famous surname is recorded throughout the British Isles. It is arguably English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish, but is ultimately of Norman-Flemish pre 10th century origins. It is locational from a now "lost" medieval village called Brontegeest, in the province of Flanders, near to the city of Ghent, and was taken by early Flemish settlers to Normandy. It is said to have been brought to England by Prenliregast, a follower of Duke William of Normandy during the famous Conquest of 1066. His son Philip, was given lands near Haverfordwest, in the "English" county of Pembrokeshire, Wales, and called Prendergast Castle. Prenegast in the county of Berwickshire, Scotland, also apparently takes its name from this family. The first recorded namebearer (see below), was a member of the Welsh branch, and played a prominent part with Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in the invasion of Ireland in May 1169. In that country they obtained extensive grants of land, as well as being awarded a baronetcy, and later a grants as the Viscounts Gort of Castle Gort in Galway. Another branch acquired New Castle near Clonmel, in County Tipperary, and this was also a family seat for several centuries. In the modern idiom the surname has at least ten spellings including Pendergast, Prendergrast, Prendergrass, and Prendeguest. A distinguished namebearer was John Patrick Prendergast (1808 - 1893), the author of book called "The Cromwellian settlement of Ireland", and other historical works. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Maurice de Prendergast. This was dated 1169, in the records of Pembrokeshire, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Shaylee Prendergast
I'm Shaylee Prendergast and my family name come from my pops side and his family were Irish

Jeanette Pendergrass
Finding descendants is an amazing thing. Have linked that 1640 Phillip Pendergrast of Ireland is a direct descendant as well as Anne Boleyn, King Henry's second wife. That conceived a daughter Queen Elizabeth.

Jeanie Ology
My maiden name is Prendergast. My father was Kenneth F. Prendergast, born on Long Island, NY, along with his brother Richard O. Prendergast, in the twenties. Their parents, Kathleen O'Connor Prendergast and Richard F. Prendergast, immigrated to the U.S. sometime after 1900. I'd love to know more about my family. Anyone out there related to me?

Irene Biggs
My great grandfather was William Prendergast. He was born in Jamaica in 1859. His father was Henry Prendergast and his mother was Anna Maria Lord. they were both born in Ireland. William moved to New York in 1878, lived with his aunt and uncle and married his cousin Annie Mary Lord, born 1861 in New York.

Kristofer Prendergast
I'm from Scotland, and my Grandfather immigrated here from Ireland during the 30s or 40s.

Louise Prendergast
I'm Scottish but am in Jamaica at the moment trying to trace my relatives. My father, Harold Prendergast, was born and bred in Jamaica. His mother was Jamaican and his father was an Irish soldier. If anyone has any info please contact me: lou@westendarts.info

Eileen Auckram
My grandfather came out as a small boy to meet up with his father who had come out to the Otago (N.Z.) goldfields. He was born at Market Square, Kilrush, C. Clare

Jeremy Jenkins
Huh...I always thought Pendergast was of German origin. How I pronounce it anyway lol.

Dorris Gay
Prendergast is a customised surname originating from Pederast, the person who was a homosexual during Middle Ages and was assigned this surname and he was burned at stake. His brother changed his family's surname to Prendergast in 1653 by adding extra r, n and g letters to make the surname more acceptable.

Dorris Gay
Prendergast is a customised surname originating from Pederast, the person who was a homosexual during Middle Ages and was assigned this surname and he was burned at stake. His brother changed his family's surname to Prendergast in 1653 by adding extra r, n and g letters to make the surname more acceptable. The existance also of a surname Pendergast proves that family names exist that only added n and g letters to their formerly not so cool surname Pederast.