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About the study
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 "members", 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.
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.
Historical occurrences of the name
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.