The Pretty Name History
This surname is of early Medieval English origin,
describing someone who is Clever, Cunning or Crafty.
It derives from the Middle English prety or prity, meaning
Fine, Pleasing or Excellent.
Earlier is the Olde English (pre 7th Century) praettig, meaning
Clever, Artful, Wily (from "praett", Trick).
The first recorded spelling of the name is that of
Robert Prytty (1327, Suffolk) during the reign of
King Edward III, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327-1377.