We have an ancestor whose maiden name has come down to us phonetically as "Nancy Curdue" or "Nancy Kerdoe." She was born ca. 1770 in Virginia, died ca. 1862 in Indiana. She married Jacob Crum ca. 1805, place unknown.
Soundex and other approaches have failed to reveal this surname in any form except a questionable "Curdoo" in a KY census, and a Cornish surname Cardew, which I do not find anywhere in U.S. records for that time and space span.
A phonetician friend has suggested that the name might originally have been "Purdue" or "Perdue", and later confused, since an initial "P" has many of the same sound characteristics as an initial "K" or hard "C" when heard by the human ear (such as happens over a telephone oftentimes).
Have any of you Purdue/Perdue experts ever run into this confusion in your research? You can imagine how desperate I am simply by the fact that I'm posing such a question.
In any case, after your initial smile, I hope you'll search your memory and see if this confusion of spelling somehow matches up with anything in your own experience.
Thanks in advance for any help! Cheers! Richard Crum Santa Monica, CA