Purdum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Purdum 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 Purdum family

The surname Purdum 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, Purdum 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 Purdum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Purdum research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1476, 1597, 1609, 1675, 1737, 1708, 1709, 1687 and 1737 are included under the topic Early Purdum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Purdum 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 Purdum family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Purdum family to Ireland

Some of the Purdum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Purdum migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Purdum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John A. Purdum, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal, C.Z. [1]
  • Maud Purdum, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Advance" from Cristobal [2]
  • Mrs. J. H. Purdum, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Allianca" from Cristobal [3]
  • Arthur Purdum, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Allianca" from Cristobal [4]
  • Ruth Purdum, aged 3, who arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Allianca" from Cristobal [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Purdum (post 1700) +

  • William L. Purdum, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 6th District, 1914
  • Rudolphus W. Purdum, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Idaho, 1896; Mayor of Nampa, Idaho, 1905-06
  • Tanner Gregory Purdum (b. 1984), American football long snapper for the New York Jets
  • James Purdum (b. 1971), American animation director, known for his work on the animated series Family Guy
  • Todd Stanley Purdum (b. 1959), American national editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXVM-9ZS : 6 December 2014), John A. Purdum, 21 Jun 1907; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name Advance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXBH-JM3 : 6 December 2014), Maud Purdum, 02 Jun 1909; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Advance, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJXF-ZTP : 6 December 2014), Mrs. J. H. Purdum, 21 Feb 1910; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJXF-ZTR : 6 December 2014), Arthur Purdum, 21 Feb 1910; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJXF-ZTT : 6 December 2014), Ruth Purdum, 21 Feb 1910; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Allianca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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