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

Pardee is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who was known for their habitual use of the oath pour Dieu, which is Old French meaning "for God." This is a subset of the nickname type of name known as oath names.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pardee include Pardy, Pardie, Pardee, Purdie, Purdew, Purdy, Purdoe, Pardoe and many more.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pardee research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1770 and 1823 are included under the topic Early Pardee History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pardee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pardee family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pardee were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Pardee Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • George Pardee settled in New Haven in 1630
  • George Pardee, who arrived in New Haven, Conn in 1644
  • John Pardee, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
  • John Pardee settled in Boston in 1651

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  • Arthur Pardee (b. 1921), American biochemist
  • Jack Pardee (b. 1936), American football coach
  • Joseph Pardee, American geologist
  • George Pardee (1857-1941), 21st Governor of California
  • Sarah Lockwood Pardee (1839-1922), Builder of the Winchester Mystery House
  • Timothy Blair Pardee (1830-1889), Ontario lawyer and political figure


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The Pardee Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pardee 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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