Partridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Partridge finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a hunter or someone who caught partridges. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

Early Origins of the Partridge family

The surname Partridge was first found in Kent. However, the parish of Miserden, Yorkshire tells an important story of the family's early lineage. "The manor of Wishanger, here, is of very ancient date, and was the seat of the Partriges, of whom William Partrige, of Cirencester and Wishanger, was summoned by the heralds at their first visitation of the county in the reign of Henry VIII.; from him the manor descended lineally for ten generations, and it was the principal seat of the family until the commencement of the present century, when it was sold. The manor-house, though partly taken down and otherwise injured, is still standing, as a farmhouse; the porch bears the arms of Partrige impaling those of Ernley of Wiltshire, on a large stone over the entrance, Robert Partrige having married into the Ernley family in the 16th century." [1]

Early History of the Partridge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Partridge research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1451, 1552, 1546, 1547, 1544, 1551, 1566, 1603, 1686, 1635, 1703, 1675, 1748, 1644, 1715, 1680 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Partridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Partridge Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Partridge family name include Partridge, Pettridge, Patridge, Patrige, Partrich and others.

Early Notables of the Partridge family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Peter Partridge (d. 1451), Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, was educated at Oxford University; and Sir Miles Partridge (d. 1552), English courtier, relative of William Partridge of Wishanger in Miserden, Gloucestershire. Sheriff of Gloucestershire (1546-1547.) He held the manor of Almondsbury in 1544. He was convicted of felony, and hanged on Tower Hill on Friday 26 Feb. 1551. John Partridge ( fl. 1566), was an English translator and...
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Partridge World Ranking

In the United States, the name Partridge is the 2,872nd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [2] However, in Australia, the name Partridge is ranked the 882nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,481 people with that name. [3] And in New Zealand, the name Partridge is the 985th popular surname with an estimated 762 people with that name. [4] The United Kingdom ranks Partridge as 654th with 10,001 people. [5]


United States Partridge migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Partridge surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Partridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Partridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1615
  • Richard Partridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Joe Partridge, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Partridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
  • Elizabeth Partridge, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Partridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Partridge, who landed in New York in 1831 [6]
  • Richard Partridge, who landed in New York in 1831 [6]
  • Mr. Robert Partridge, (b. 1858), aged 27, Cornish settler departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "City of Rome" arriving in the United States on 18 September 1885 [7]

Canada Partridge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Partridge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Partridge, aged 6 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sobraon" departing 8th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 29th June 1847 but he died on board [8]

Australia Partridge migration to Australia +

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

Partridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Partridge 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:

Partridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Partridge, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "David" arriving in New Zealand in 1839 [13]
  • Mrs. Partridge, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "David" arriving in New Zealand in 1839 [13]
  • T.M. Partridge, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Mrs. Ann Partridge, (b. 1815), aged 48, English settler from Devonshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [14]
  • Mr. Thomas Partridge, (b. 1838), aged 25, English farm labourer from Devonshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Partridge (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Richard Clare Partridge (1899-1976), American Commanding General 5th Division (1954-1955) [15]
  • Major-General Frank Huber Partridge (1893-1994), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-2), US Army (1952-1953) [16]
  • General Earle Everard Partridge (1900-1990), American Commanding General Air Defense Command (1955-1956) [17]
  • Alden Partridge (1785-1854), American author, legislator, officer, surveyor, superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York
  • Frank Charles Partridge (1861-1943), American politician, U.S. Senator from Vermont
  • George Partridge (1740-1828), American teacher and politician, member of the First United States Congress as a representative of Massachusetts
  • Donald Barrows Partridge (1891-1946), American politician, lawyer, jurist, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • William Ordway Partridge (1861-1930), American sculptor
  • Samuel Partridge (1790-1883), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Alliston L. Partridge, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New Hampshire Governor's Council 2nd District, 1902 [18]
  • ... (Another 39 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Partridge, British Wireless Operator, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [19]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Frank E. Partridge, English 1st Class Passenger from London, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [20]


Suggested Readings for the name Partridge +

  • Partridge Genealogy, Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, Massachusetts by George Henry Partridge.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  5. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  8. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/brothers
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN WOODALL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnWoodall.htm
  12. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Richard Partridge. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Partridge/Richard_Clare/USA.html
  16. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Frank Partridge. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Partridge/Frank_Huber/USA.html
  17. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Earle Partridge. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Partridge/Earle_Everard/USA.html
  18. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  19. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  20. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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