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

The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Payne family have grown. The name Payne was given to a member of the family who was 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. Conversely, many believe that the family claim Norman descent as in "Paganus was a Norman personal name, whence the modern Payne and Paine, as well as the more ancient Paganel and Paynel. William the Conqueror was assisted in his invasion, by several persons so designated, and in [the] Domesday Book we find among his tenants in capite, or chief holders of land, the names of Ralph Paganel and Edmund filius Pagani, i.e., Fitz-Payne. Indeed during the Norman dynasty, Paganus was one of the most common names in England." [1]


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Payne has been recorded under many different variations, including Payne, Paine, Paynell, Pane, Pain and others.

First found in Somerset where the aforementioned Edmund filius Pagen (Pagani) [2] was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. The same source also lists the aforementioned Ralph Paganel as Radulfus Paganus, again in Somerset. Almost one hundred years later, Reginaldus filius Pain was listed as a Templar in 1185 in Lincolnshire. The Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire list John Pane in 1190 and the Pipe Rolls of Hampshire list Robert Pain in 1200. Payn de Weston was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1268. [3] Sir John Paynell of Drax, co. Yorkshire was summoned to Parliament as a Baron from the 29th of December 1299 to the 25th of August 1318. [4] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 have numerous entries as a forename and surname including: Payne de Stantin in Norfolk; Robert filius Payn in Huntingdonshire; and Gilbert Payn in Essex. [5]


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


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


Some of the Payne 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.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Paynes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Payne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Payne, who settled with her husband William and children, in Boston in 1635
  • Thomas Payne settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Anna Payne, aged 40, landed in New England in 1635
  • Suzan Payne, aged 11, landed in New England in 1635
  • Robert Payne, who arrived in New England in 1641

Payne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jasper Payne, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Payne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Maynard Payne, who arrived in Barbados in 1802
  • Isaac Payne, who landed in America in 1805
  • Elizabeth Payne, aged 40, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Joel Payne, aged 35, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Charles Payne, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850

Payne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Payne, aged 32, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Mary Payne, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale

Payne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Payne, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Payne, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Christopher Payne, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • George Payne, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Payne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839

Payne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Payne, aged 29, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Maria Payne, aged 22, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • William Payne arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashburton" in 1857
  • William Payne arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Joseph Payne arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863


  • Frederick Rounsville "Fritz" Payne Jr. (1911-2015), American brigadier general in the United States Marine Corps, awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in May 2015
  • Mr. Martin Sylvester Payne, American 2nd Class passenger from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Alexander Payne (b. 1961), American Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter
  • Nicolle Katherine Payne (b. 1976), American Olympic water polo player medalist
  • Scherrie Payne (b. 1944), American singer, co-lead singer for The Supremes
  • John Barton Payne (1855-1935), former American Secretary of the Interior
  • Chris Fox "C.F." Payne (b. 1954), American illustrator
  • Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991), award-winning African American journalist
  • Sereno Elisha Payne (1843-1914), American lawyer and politician
  • Dr. Melvin M Payne (1911-1990), American who served as president, executive vice president, and secretary of the National Geographic Society



  • The Paynes of Virginia by Brooke Payne.
  • Descendants of Sanford Payne by Madge Starliper Payne.
  • Foxworth, Bush, Payne, Bledsoe & Allied Lineages by Sarah Payne Foxworth.

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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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Payne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Payne 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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