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Purdue History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Purdue was formed many centuries ago by the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name typically given to a person who was known for their habitual 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.

Early Origins of the Purdue family


The surname Purdue was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Purdue family


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Purdue Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Purdue include Pardy, Pardie, Pardee, Purdie, Purdew, Purdy, Purdoe, Pardoe and many more.

Early Notables of the Purdue family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Purdue family to Ireland


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


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Purdue Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Simon Purdue, who settled in Virginia in 1663

Purdue Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Purdue, who settled in Newcastle in 1789

Contemporary Notables of the name Purdue (post 1700)


  • John Purdue (1802-1876), American industrialist, original benefactor of Purdue University
  • John Purdue (1910-1985), New Zealand cricketer who played two first-class matches for Otago (1938-1939)

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