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Where did the English Pascal family come from? What is the English Pascal family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pascal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pascal family history?The name Pascal was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pascal family lived in Essex. The name, however, is a reference to Pasci, in Eure, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pascall, Paschall, Pascale, Pascal, Paschal, Pascoll and many more.
First found in Essex 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. Early records shows a John Pascal in the Assize Rools of Warwickshire in 1221, and a William Pascale in 1275 in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire.
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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pascal or a variant listed above:
Pascal Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Pascal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pascal 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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