Prinsloo is indeed of Dutch origin. It is composed of the Dutch words prins
"prince" and archaic Dutch loo
, which signifies a clearing (i.e. open spot) in a forest. The surname is extremely rare in The Netherlands nowadays, with 5 bearers in 2007 and 0 bearers in 1947. This seems to indicate that the 5 bearers must be immigrants from (South) Africa
. As such, this is definitely a typical but old Afrikaner surname.
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