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Where did the English Paine family come from? What is the English Paine family crest and coat of arms? When did the Paine family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Paine family history?

The Ancestry of the Paine name lies with the Norman Conquest of England. This Norman name was used for a person who lives in the country or a person who's religious beliefs are somewhat suspect. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word paien, which was originally derived from the Latin word paganus, meaning rustic or countryman. It later also came to mean heathen and was often given to children whose baptism was delayed or, to adults whose religious zeal was not what the standards of the day indicated it should have been.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Payne, Paine, Paynell, Pane, Pain and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paine research. Another 351 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1532, 1582, 1652, 1704, 1717, 1789, 1710, 1630, 1713, 1695, 1698, 1632, 1715 and are included under the topic Early Paine History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 289 words(21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Paine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Paine or a variant listed above:

Paine Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Paine, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Steven Paine, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Arthur Paine, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1639
  • William Paine, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1640
  • Moses Paine, who landed in New England in 1641

Paine Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • James Paine, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Trestram Paine, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Benjamin Paine, who landed in New England in 1734

Paine Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • George Paine, who arrived in New York in 1839
  • Jeffery Paine, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1849
  • H J Paine, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C Paine, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Henry Paine, who arrived in Virginia in 1887


  • Thomas Paine (1737-1809), American politician, defender of the concept of Revolution, best remembered for his works: "The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason"
  • Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Charles Jackson Paine (1833-1916), American Civil War general and America's Cup yachtsman
  • Eleazer A. Paine (1815-1882), American Civil War general
  • Elijah Paine (1757-1842), U.S. Senator from Vermont
  • Halbert E. Paine (1826-1905), American Civil War general
  • John Knowles Paine (1839-1906), American composer
  • Lyman Paine (1901-1978), American architect
  • Sumner Paine (1868-1904), American one time gold and one time silver Olympic medalist for shooting during the 1896 games
  • John Paine (1870-1951), American one time Olympic gold medalist for shooting during the 1896 games



  • by Brooke Payne.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.


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The Paine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paine 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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