Purdie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Purdie is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone 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 Purdie family

The surname Purdie 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 Purdie family

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Purdie Spelling Variations

Purdie has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Purdie have been found, including Pardy, Pardie, Pardee, Purdie, Purdew, Purdy, Purdoe, Pardoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Purdie 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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Purdie Ranking

In the United States, the name Purdie is the 15,699th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Purdie family to Ireland

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

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Purdies to arrive on North American shores:

Purdie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Purdie, who landed in Virginia in 1645 [4]
  • Richard Purdie, who settled in Virginia in 1646
Purdie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Purdie, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Elizth. Purdie, aged 15, who landed in America from Caisbey, in 1892
  • John Purdie, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Peter Purdie, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Queenstown, in 1893
  • Frank Purdie, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1894
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Purdie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Purdie, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Kirkcaldy, Scotland, in 1907
  • Agnes Purdie, aged 28, who settled in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Elizabeth Purdie, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Ruthenglew, Scotland, in 1910
  • Adam Purdie, aged 26, who landed in America from Ocheltree, Scotland, in 1911
  • Charles F. Purdie, who landed in America, in 1911
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Canada Purdie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purdie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Purdie, aged 45, a carpenter, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Isobel Purdie, aged 32, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Purdie, who landed in Canada in 1821
Purdie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Hugh Purdie, aged 24, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913

Australia Purdie migration to Australia +

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

Purdie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Purdie, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [5]
  • James Purdie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [5]

New Zealand Purdie 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:

Purdie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Gavin Purdie, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]
  • Mrs. Purdie, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]
  • Mr. Purdie, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th October 1861 [6]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Purdie, (b. 1811), aged 54, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [7]
  • Miss Anna Purdie, (b. 1835), aged 30, British needlewoman travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indian Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd July 1865 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Purdie (post 1700) +

  • Christine Purdie, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996
  • Bernard Lee "Pretty" Purdie (b. 1939), American session drummer
  • Robert James "Rob" Purdie (b. 1982), English footballer from Leicester, England
  • Tom Purdie, Scottish football fullback who played between 1875 and 1881
  • Bernard Charles Purdie (b. 1949), former Welsh professional footballer from Wrexham
  • Ian Purdie (b. 1953), Scottish former footballer
  • Justin Purdie (b. 1980), Samoan rugby union flanker
  • David Purdie (b. 1966), Scottish ex professional footballer
  • Brad Purdie (b. 1972), Canadian ice hockey centre from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  • Shirley Purdie, contemporary Indigenous Australian artist
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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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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