The name Deadey is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came 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.
Early Origins of the Deadey family
The surname Deadey 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.
Early History of the Deadey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deadey research.Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1662, 1650 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Deadey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deadey Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Deadey include Dade, Dadey, Dady and others.
Early Notables of the Deadey family (pre 1700)
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 Deadey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deadey family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Dade who settled in Virginia in 1676; William Dade settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630; Dorothy Dadey settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.