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Where did the English Packenham family come from? What is the English Packenham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Packenham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Packenham family history?The present generation of the Packenham family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk. This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Packenham family held their land. The original bearers of the Packenham surname took their name from the parish where they dwelt, so that they could be identified whenever they moved from their original dwelling place.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Packenham include Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packenham research. Another 284 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1794 is included under the topic Early Packenham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Packenham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Packenham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 178 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Packenham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.
The Packenham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Packenham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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