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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.
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.
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." 
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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
Partridge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Thomas Partridge, who landed in New York in 1831
- Richard Partridge, who landed in New York in 1831
Partridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- G. Partridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
- Agnes Partridge, aged 23, a dom servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima"
- James Partridge, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Catherine"
- James Partridge, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Catherine" in 1851
- Jane Partridge, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Amazon"
Partridge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- T.M. Partridge arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
- Richard Partridge, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Brigadier-General Richard Clare Partridge (1899-1976), American Commanding General 5th Division (1954-1955)
- Major-General Frank Huber Partridge (1893-1994), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-2), US Army (1952-1953)
- General Earle Everard Partridge (1900-1990), American Commanding General Air Defense Command (1955-1956)
- Alden Partridge (1785-1854), American author, legislator, officer, surveyor, superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York
- Sidney Catlin Partridge (1857-1930), American Republican politician, Episcopal Bishop of Kyoto, Japan, 1900-11; Bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri, 1911-30; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1928
- Thomas Partridge, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 53rd District, 2012
- Waring Partridge, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1972
- Alliston L. Partridge, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire Governor's Council 2nd District, 1902
- Albert E. Partridge, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for North Carolina, 1992
- Azariah S. Partridge (b. 1834), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1881-82; Member of Michigan Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1887
- Partridge Genealogy, Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, Massachusetts by George Henry Partridge.
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The Partridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Partridge Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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