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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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The surname Dady was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include Reverend Thomas Dade, Rector of Broadway and Bincombe in Dorset; and Major Francis Dade (1621-1662), also known as John Smith, a Virginia politician and...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dady Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 17th Century

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

Dady Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

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

Dady Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Dady, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
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  • Michael J. Dady (1850-1921), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1900, 1920; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1904, 1908, 1912, 1916
  • John A. Dady, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Putnam; Elected 1908
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    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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