Preddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Preddy comes from a name for a crafty or cunning individual. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old English word prætig, which meant crafty. Some variants of the name have the suffix man appended to them; this seems to have occurred sometime in the late 15th or early 16th centuries.

Early Origins of the Preddy family

The surname Preddy was first found in Staffordshire 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.

Important Dates for the Preddy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Preddy research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1192, 1st , 1612, 1676, 1661 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Preddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Preddy Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Preddy include Prettyman, Pretyman, Pretty and others.

Early Notables of the Preddy family (pre 1700)

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Preddy migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Preddy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Walter Preddy, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • James Preddy, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]

Preddy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Preddy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Preddy, aged 32, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Preddy, aged 30, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Elizabeth Preddy, aged 5, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Mark Preddy, aged 4, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Jessie Preddy, aged 2, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Preddy (post 1700)

  • Sarann Knight- Preddy (1920-2014), born Sarann Childs, an American business leader and gaming pioneer in the state of Nevada; she became the "first and only woman of color to receive a gaming license" in the state in 1950
  • Major George Preddy (1919-1944), USAAF United States Army Air Forces officer during World War II credited with 26.83 aerial victorees ranking him as the top P-51 Mustang ace of World War II
  • George E. Preddy Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 26.83 aerial victories
  • Richard Preddy, British Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award wining comedy writer and performer, known for his work on Green Wing (2004), Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1992) and Smack the Pony (1999)

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Citations

  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
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