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PRENGER families are descended from Maurice de Prendergast, whose name was taken from a village in Pembrokeshire, and who came to Ireland with Strongbow, and was one of the leading Anglo-Norman invaders. He obtained extensive grants of land in various parts of the south and west of the country. His descendants were seated near Waterford, and south Mayo. The name is also spelt PRENDERGAST, PENDERGAST, PENDEGAST, PRENDUGUEST and PRENDERGAT to name but a few. The most distinguished man of the name was John Patrick Prendergast (1808-1893) the author of 'The Cromwelliam Settlement of Ireland'. The name is said to have been brought to England by one Prenliregast, a follower of William the Conqueror. His son Philip was given lands in Pembrokeshire, renamed as Prendergast Castle. Prenegast in Berwick, also apparently takes its name from this family. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. A member of the Welsh branch, Maurice de Prendergast, played a prominent part with Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in the invasion of Ireland in May 1169, and it is possible that many, if not all, present-day Prendergasts are descended from him and his wife, who was a Fitzgerald. His younger son William acquired New Castle near Clommel in County Tipperary, which was the family seat for several centuries.

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