The Deads family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name 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.
Early Origins of the Deads family
The surname Deads 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 Deads family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deads research.Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1662, 1650 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Deads History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Deads Spelling Variations
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 Deads include Dade, Dadey, Dady and others.
Early Notables of the Deads 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 Deads Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deads family to the New World and Oceana
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 Deads were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Dade who settled in Virginia in 1676; William Dade settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630; Dorothy Dadey settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.