Pardan is one of the names carried to England
in the great wave of migration from Normandy
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It is based on the Norman given name Partant.
Early Origins of the Pardan family
The surname Pardan was first found in Cumberland
at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Now part of Cumbria
, this seaside village sometimes called Parton Bay was used by the Romans
, who had a fort on north of the present village. Parton is also found in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland
, and in Gloucestershire
but it is generally believed that the aforementioned village and parish has the strongest evidence of the family heritage. But early records have the name scattered throughout Britain: Adam of Peron in the Assize Rolls of Wiltshire
in 1249; Robert Perton in 1249; and John Parton in the the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire
in 1377. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Moving north to Scotland, early records there revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Pardan family
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Pardan Spelling Variations
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 Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.
Early Notables of the Pardan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pardan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Pardan or a variant listed above: Robert Partin who settled in Virginia in 1609; eleven years before the "Mayflower"; Robert and Margaret Partin settled in Virginia with their three children in 1624.