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Where did the English Dady family come from? What is the English Dady family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dady family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dady family history?

The rich and ancient history of the Dady family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name Dade. This Old English personal name was originally derived from the Old English word daed, when translated means a deed or an exploit. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dady have been found, including Dade, Dadey, Dady and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dady research. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1662, 1650 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Dady History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Dady, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Dady Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Dady, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1633

Dady Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Dady, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Dady Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dady Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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