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

Purdon Early Origins



The surname Purdon 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, Purdon 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.

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Purdon Spelling Variations


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Purdon Spelling Variations



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

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Purdon Early History


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Purdon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purdon research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1476, 1597, 1609, 1675, 1737, 1708, 1709, 1687 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Purdon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Purdon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Purdon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Purdon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Purdon In Ireland


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Purdon In Ireland



Some of the Purdon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purdon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Purdon, who arrived in Maryland in 1664

Purdon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Purdon, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • John and Joseph Purdon who settled in Philadelphia in 1825
  • Harrison Purdon, who landed in Arkansas in 1896

Purdon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Purdon (b. 1786) who settled in Quebec in 1821

Purdon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Purdon, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Purdon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Purdon (post 1700)



  • Timothy Q. "Tim" Purdon, American lawyer, 18th U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota (2010-2015)
  • Mark Purdon, New Zealand driver and trainer of standardbred racehorses
  • Edward John "Ted" Purdon (1930-2007), South African professional footballer
  • Iain Purdon, British newsreader on the BBC World Service
  • Frank Thomas Purdon (b. 1857), Irish-born rugby union forward
  • Major-General William Brooke Purdon DSO OBE MC (1881-1950), Irish soldier, physician and medical administrator
  • Charles Anthony "Charlie" Purdon (b. 1990), South African-born rugby union player
  • George "Jock" Purdon (1925-1998), Scottish poet and songwriter
  • Katherine Frances Purdon (1852-1918), Irish novelist and playwright, part of the Irish Revival movement, founding member of the Irish Countrywomen's Association, later known as the United Irishwomen
  • Charles Purdon (1838-1926), British settler who planted the first pineapples in the Eastern Cape of South Africa in 1865

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Purdon Historic Events


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Purdon Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Eric Thomas Purdon (1916-1941), Australian Leading Seaman from New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    The Purdon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Purdon 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 November 2016 at 06:51.

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