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Meaning and Origin of: Preston

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Dweller at the church; priest's settlement

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places (most notably one in Lancashire) so called from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the meaning may have been either ‘village with a priest’ or ‘village held by the Church’.
  • Scottish : habitational name from Presto(u)n, now Craigmillar, in Midlothian.

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