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What does Prior mean?

Prior /pri-or/ as a name for boys. Prior's name origin is Latin, and Prior means "monastic leader". Prior is a variant form of Pryor (Latin) with the suffix -ior.

Associated with: monastic, leader.


Kreatif forms:
(male) Prige, Proor, ..

(female) Priora, Priri, ..

How popular is Prior?

Prior is a rare given name for men but a very popular last name for all people (#4926 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Pryor is the only popular related form of Prior (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. This relation of Prior was at the apex of its popularity a century ago. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Prior and related names. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Pryor in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Prior and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Artor, Grigor, Pio, Piotr, Price, Prime, Primo, Prinz and Sior. Like Prior, these names are not commonly used.