Show ContentsPardoe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Pardoe surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was known for their continued use of the oath pour Dieu, which is Old French meaning "for God." This is a subset of the nickname type of name known as oath names. [1]

Early Origins of the Pardoe family

The surname Pardoe was first found in Bedfordshire where Gilbert Purdeu was listed in the Assize Rolls for 1227. Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279 included an entry for John Purde in Cheshire and the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex had two entries for the family: John Purdew in 1296; and John Purde in 1332. These entries may be the same person, or father and son. In Norfolk, John Purdy was listed there in 1436 as was Robert Purdu in 1479. [1]

The same source found Richard Parde in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1228; Robert Pardey in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296; and Henry Pardeu in the Subsidy Rolls for Warwickshire in 1332. [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, "John Purdie was one of an inquest in 1296 which found that Robert de Pinkeny held the tenement of Balincref, and David Perdy was a tenant of the earl of Douglas in Linton, 1376. A later David Purde, succentor of Glasgow, 1476-1477, appears again in 1491 as Prade, and in the title of his obituary in 1497 his name is given as Prowde." [2]

Early History of the Pardoe family

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Pardoe Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pardoe has been recorded under many different variations, including Pardy, Pardie, Pardee, Purdie, Purdew, Purdy, Purdoe, Pardoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Pardoe family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Pardoe (1770-1823), English enameler who was noted for flower painting from Derby. Alexander Purdie (c. 1743- 1779), born in Scotland, emigrated to America by 1764. He became a prominent colonial American printer, publisher, and merchant in Williamsburg, Virginia where he...
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Ireland Migration of the Pardoe family to Ireland

Some of the Pardoe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Pardoe migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pardoe or a variant listed above:

Pardoe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Walter Pardoe, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [3]
Pardoe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Oliver Thornhill Pardoe, who arrived in Iowa in 1884 [3]

Australia Pardoe migration to Australia +

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

Pardoe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Pardoe, a nail-maker, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. James Pardoe, English convict who was convicted in Worcester, Worcestershire, England for life, transported aboard the "Fairlie" on 14th October 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pardoe (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Earl Pardoe (1885-1971), American academic, the first head of the Brigham Young University (BYU) drama program
  • Blaine Lee Pardoe, American science fiction writer, an award-winning, New York Times Bestselling author
  • Glyn Pardoe (1946-2020), English former footballer who played for Manchester City (1962-1974) and for the England U-23 National Team in 1969
  • Matthew Graham Pardoe (b. 1991), English contemporary cricketer
  • Thomas "Tommy" Pardoe (1911-1992), English silver medalist boxer for Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Julia Pardoe (1806-1862), English poet, novelist, historian and traveler from Beverley, Yorkshire
  • Dr. R. Pardoe, Australian medical officer at Mawson Station, 1961, eponym of Pardoe Peak, Antarctica
  • Dr Geoffrey Keith Charles Pardoe OBE FREng FRAeS FBIS (1928-1996), British Project Manager for the Blue Streak ballistic missile programme
  • Thomas Pardoe (1770-1823), British enameler noted for flower painting
  • Margot Pardoe (1902-1996), British children's author, active from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, best known for her Bunkle adventure series
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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st September 2022). on Facebook