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About the study

In 1996 I decided to research my mother€'s maiden name PRAID. She assured me that historically it was a London based name and that there was no connection to the Praed family after whom Praed Street, Paddington, London, was named. Within three generations I had traced the family back to Helston and Marazion and confirmed a connection to the Praed families of West Cornwall.

My research expanded when I had a letter with an enquiry from an unknown cousin in Australia. She had read of my interest in the name in a magazine. With the support of four prospective "€œmembers"€, two in Australia and two in USA, in 2000 I registered the names Praed, Praid, Prade and Praad in Category C with the Guild of One-Name Studies. I issued our first newsletter €"On Praed"€ in July 2000 and we now have a membership of around 40 worldwide.

Variant names

Known variants are PRAED, PRAID, PRADE, and I collect the occasional mis-transcriptions such as Pread, Peard, Pared, Parade, Prayed.
I have discovered that almost all families bearing the name can be traced back to two distinct groups in 16th century West Cornwall, England: the Praeds of Trevethow in Lelant parish who were landed gentry or the Praeds of St. Erth and Marazion.

Name origin

The name is derived from Praes, meaning meadow in the Cornish language.

Historical occurrences of the name

Well known Praed individuals
Historical figures are Winthrop Mackworth Praed Poet and MP, (1802-1839); Rosa Campbell Praed, the Australian author who married into the Campbell Praed brewing business; William Praed MP (1756-1835), the Chairman of the Grand Junction Canal Company which brought the canal to its London terminus in Paddington, and the Praed banking family, whose business became Lloyds Bank. And today? Michael Praed the Newlyn artist and his daughter choreographer/director Angela Praed.

For those of you looking for information on the well known actor Michael Praed (aka Robin Hood -€“ the Hooded Man), I am sorry to disappoint you, he was born Michael Prince and took the name Praed when he became an actor.


I have listed births, marriages and deaths from the General Register Office indexes for the years 1837 €- 2000, a few from Scotland, census records in England and Wales 1841-1911, USA censuses, 1858-2000 wills and several pre-1858 wills. I have collected information on the families from the Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts and have also visited Record Offices in the counties where the Praed families lived. I have a growing collection of copies of documents from the National Archives and a collection of vital records from Indiana and New Jersey, USA and from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.Where possible, I have obtained copies, photos and transcripts of relevant documents.