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Purdom History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Purdom surname in England is of Norman origins, thought to have originally been a nickname from the Old French "prud’homme" meaning "wise man."

Early Origins of the Purdom family


The surname Purdom was first found in Wiltshire, and Surrey. where Gilbert Prodhome or Prudume was on record in the Pipe Rolls in the 12th century. The name Roger Prodomme or Prodhomme was recorded in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1284, and in 1326. The place named Pridhamsleigh, in Devon is named for John Prodhomme, who lived there in 1281. Like many Norman names, Purdom made its way to Scotland, where the first record of the name was of Willelmus Prodomme of Scotia, a mercator who had safe conduct to England in 1373.

Early History of the Purdom family


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Purdom Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Prudholm, Prudham, Prodhamn, Proudhome, Prudholme, Prudhome, Prodomme, Purdomme, Purdon, Purdholm and many more.

Early Notables of the Purdom family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Purdom family to Ireland


Some of the Purdom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Purdom family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purdom Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Elizabeth W. Purdom, aged 38, who landed in America from Croydon, England, in 1922
  • Ernest Stanley Purdom, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1923

Purdom Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Purdom who settled in Middlesex county, Ontario in 1849

Purdom Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Thomas Purdom, aged 57, who emigrated to London, Canada, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Purdom (post 1700)


  • Nelson Purdom, American Republican politician, Mayor of Kokomo, Indiana, 1865-66
  • Lester Purdom, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Missouri State House of Representatives from Barry County, 1964
  • Lee S. Purdom, American politician, Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950
  • Thomas Edward Purdom (b. 1936), American Hugo Award for Best Novelette nominated writer (2000)
  • Captain Thomas Laurence Purdom (b. 1892), British World War I flying ace credited with 13 confirmed aerial victories
  • Charles Benjamin "C.B." Purdom (1883-1965), British author, drama critic, economist and editor
  • Edmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom (1926-2009), British actor
  • William Purdom (1880-1921), British plant explorer sent to the northern provinces of China in 1909

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