Origin of the Name Partridge
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Partridge is usually of English origin and is derived from the name of the commonly found bird. It may be of either occupational origin describing a person who bred and cared for birds or of nickname origin describing a person of bird-like features. Variants of this name include Patriche, Patridge, Perdich and Pattridge. An early record of the name relates to an Ailward Pertriz who was recorded in the 'Pipe Rolls' of Devonshire in the year 1176. John Partridge (1789-1872), born in Glasgow, was a British artist who was named 'portrait painter-extraordinary' to Queen Victoria. His nephew was John Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) who became an illustrator of some renown. Alden Partridge (1785-1854), was an American author, legislator, officer and was an early superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. In Ireland the name Partridge and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. Irish variants include Partrick and Patrick.
The Partridge coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Partridge descendants.