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Where did the English Pamplin family come from? When did the Pamplin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pamplin family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Papillon, Pampillon, Pamphlin, Pamphilon, Pamplin, Pamplyn, Plampin, Pampling, Pampynge and many more.

First found in Essex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history dominated after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. The family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire. They were obviously descended from some unknown Norman noble who settled in England sometime after the Conquest, borne out by the first names found in the first records of the name in 1273, i.e., Miriel, Godfrey and Galfridus.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pamplin research. Another 219 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1230, 1455, 1487, 1623, 1702 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Pamplin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pamplin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Percy Pamphillion, and Edgar Pamphillion, who came to Canada sometime between 1884 and 1938 as "Home Children" orphans.

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  • Joe Pamplin (b. 1963), American professional baseball player
  • Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009), American businessman and later philanthropist
  • Rushton 'Rocky' Pamplin, American former college football player, musician and body guard for the American rock band The Beach Boys
  • Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr., American businessman and philanthropist from the U.S. state of Oregon


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