The English surname Prescott is an habitational name from any of the places so called, in southwestern Lancashire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Devon, all of which are named from the Old English terms preost meaning “priest” and cot meaning “cottage, or dwelling.” The surname is found most frequently in Lancashire.. It is also present in Ireland, being brought there by 15th century English settlers. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1640 when John Prescott settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 17,000 bearers of the name Prescott living in the United States.
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