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

The ancient name of Partridge finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a hunter or someone who caught partridges. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Partridge family name include Partridge, Pettridge, Patridge, Patrige, Partrich and others.

First found in Kent 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Partridge research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Partridge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Partridge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Partridge surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Partridge Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • John Partridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1615
  • Richard Partridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Joe Partridge, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Partridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
  • Elizabeth Partridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636

Partridge Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Partridge, who landed in New York in 1831
  • Richard Partridge, who landed in New York in 1831


  • Samuel Partridge (1790-1883), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Frank Charles Partridge (1861-1943), American politician, U.S. Senator from Vermont
  • William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930), American sculptor
  • Donald Barrows Partridge (1891-1946), American politician, lawyer, jurist, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • George Partridge (1740-1828), American teacher and politician, member of the First United States Congress as a representative of Massachusetts
  • Alden Partridge (1785-1854), American author, legislator, officer, surveyor, superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York
  • General Earle Everard Partridge (1900-1990), American Commanding General Air Defense Command (1955-1956)
  • Major-General Frank Huber Partridge (1893-1994), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-2), US Army (1952-1953)
  • Brigadier-General Richard Clare Partridge (1899-1976), American Commanding General 5th Division (1954-1955)
  • Sir Bernard Partridge (1861-1945), English caricaturist, illustrator, cartoonist for Punch magazine



  • Partridge Genealogy, Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, Massachusetts by George Henry Partridge.

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