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

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Papworthy has undergone many spelling variations, including Papworth, Papworthy, Papeworth, Papword, Pappeworth, Papwroth, Papworthie, Pepworth, Paipworth, Papwordy and many more.

First found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name Papworth was first referenced in the year 1208 with Elena Papworth, In 1311 Walter de Pappeworth was mentioned for his participation for his county.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Papworthy research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1547, 1723, 1331, 1414, 1372, 1381, 1382 and 1386 are included under the topic Early Papworthy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Papworthy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Papworthy were among those contributors: Robert Papworth settled in Maryland in 1658; while another branch established themselves in Philadephia during the 1700's.

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