Type Surname (from location)
Other Forms FormsPriestley, Prestley, Pressly, Pressley.
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Meaning & History
From Persley, a small Scottish hamlet on the River Don, Aberdeenshire, now a suburb of the much larger city of Aberdeen, named perhaps with the Pictish word *pres-, meaning 'bushes' or 'undergrowth'.This is thought to be where American musician Elvis Presley (1935-1977) derived his surname.