Origin of Name
According to the "Surnames of Scotland" by George F. Black, the name Purdon is derived from the French "Purdomme." It reads, in part, as follows:
"PURDOM, PURDON. From Fr. Prudhomme, by metathesis of r. Willelmus Prodomme of Scotia, mercator, had a safe-conduct into England, 1373. John de Purdome held land in Glasgow, 1454. As Proudham, Prodham, and Prudom, the name is found in the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire, and on the Border it was early found as Prudholm, Purdholm, Purdom, and Purdon. David Purdom was deprived of his lands in Liddesdale by the Earl of Angus in 1476. James Purdone was sued for wrongfully occupying certain lands in Middlebie in 1478. In 1487 the tenement of John Purdome in Glasgow is mentioned, and in 1494 the lands of David Purdoun in Glasgow are mentioned. William, Purdhome was found nearest heir of John Purdhome, his grandfather, in 1509 (Renwick, Glasgow). Andrew Purdon was burgess freeman of Glasgow, 1609, Robert Purdon is recorded in Cartarburnfoot, 1686, and James Purdon in Newtoun of Partick, 1709. One of this name gave origin to Purdomston in the parish of Middlebie, Dumfriesshire."
The surnames Purdy and Purdu may also be derivatives of the name Purdon.
In Henry Harrison's book, Surnames of the United Kingdom, the name Purdon is described as meaning "Dweller at the Peartree Hill."
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