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What does Prior mean?

Prior Pronunciation of Prior [pri-or] as a name for boys is a Latin name, and Prior means "monastic leader". Prior is a variant form of Pryor (Latin).

Associated with: monastic, leader.


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

(female) Priora, Priri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Prior Tyree (P.T.), ..

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)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. 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. (2015 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.

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