PRUNTY according to THE OXFORD NAMES COMPANION, has Irish origins-
Anglicised form of Gael. O' Proinntigh ' descendent of Proinnteach', a personal name meaniung 'Bestower' (originally a byname denoting a generous person).
Interestingly, the name "BRONTE" as in the sisters, is a variant.
In the 1881 Census (excluding Ireland), there is a significant concentration in Scotland, around Dundee, Angus and Kincardineshire.
There is also a minor concentration around Stockport.
In the 1841 Census, the variant PRENTY is mainly in West Derby Lancashire (near the main Irish entry point of Liverpool); and PRINTY in London.
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