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2,405 study surnames with us
and a further 6,120 variant names.

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About the study

I collect and record all references to the surname Proudlove. I have a database of 3500+ individuals, constructed into family trees where possible, which include all known references to each individual. I am happy to receive queries and to add any references to my records.

Variant names

Proudlove; Proudelove; Prudelove; Proudclough; Proudlow; Proudelow; Prudlowe; Proud-love

Name origin

The name is thought to have originated as a nickname.

Historical occurrences of the name

The earliest reference to the surname occurs in the Cheshire Assize Roles of 1289 when Thomas Prudelove was involved in a land dispute.

Name frequency

Average frequency by county across all available UK censuses:
Cheshire 32%
Lancashire 24%
Staffordshire 21%
Lincolnshire 8%
Yorkshire 7%
Other 8%

Distribution of the name

The name appears to have originated in Cheshire and has gradually spread into Northwest England and the Midlands.


A large number of family trees many 4+ generations. Data includes census extracts, BMD pre and post 1837, Wills and probate, emigration records, newspaper references and some court and poor law records.