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Purdy Family of Long Island
All of the following information as
well as other "Purdy" family pieces on this site have been submitted by
Alan E. Dinn Purdyboats@aol.com.
Alan is a Descendant of Francis Purdy and
the historian of the Purdy Boat Company
The name “Purdy”,
together with variants such as Purdie and Purdue, originated as an
“oath-name”, a nickname
applied to a person who used a particular oath frequently. In this
the oath was the Anglo-Norman pur Die, from the Old French p(o)ur Dieu,
The Purdy family that is the subject of these files
came from Yorkshire, England, in the early years of the 17th
Century. Francis Purdy, the earliest known forbear of the family, was
born there ca. 1562, and married Elizabeth ___ in 1581. Their son, John
Purdy, and wife, Elizabeth Bradish, and their son Francis are
believed to have emigrated to Concord, MA, ca. 1632. Francis later
moved to Fairfield County, CT, where he married Mary Elizabeth
Brundage. Over the next century or so, there came to be a large Purdy
family in Fairfield County and adjacent Westchester County,
At the time of the American Revolution, the Purdy family was split into
several pieces. The “Patriot” branch remained in the New York City
eventually spread westward, while several “Loyalist” Purdy families
in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario.
of the “Patriot” Purdy family came to settle in Suffolk County, NY, in
the 19th Century, and their offspring are still found in the
Amityville area. A group of descendants of one “Loyalist” Purdy family
from Nova Scotia settled in Port Washington, Nassau County, in the
1920s and operated a boat yard there for some 50 years, where they
designed and built custom power race boats and yachts. Offspring of that
family are located in various Nassau and Suffolk communities.
"Imp II," a Gold Cup Champion raceboat, built
by the Purdy Boat Company of Port Washington in 1929