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Type Surname (from nickname)
Scripts Принцип(Bosnian Cyrillic, Serbian)
Other Forms FormsPrincep, Principe

Meaning & History

Probably derived from Latin princeps "leader, initiator, prince", which itself was ultimately derived from primus "first" and capere "to take". The surname may thus have originated as a nickname for someone with a princely appearance, or for someone who was the illegitimate offspring of a prince. A famous bearer of this surname was Gavrilo Princip, the man who assassinated archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie.
Added 11/14/2011 by Lucille