Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk. This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Deckham family held their land. The original bearers of the Deckham surname took their name from the parish where they dwelt, so that they could be identified whenever they moved from their original dwelling place.
Early Origins of the Deckham family
Suffolk at Pakenham, a village that dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Pakenham c. 950. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was listed as Pachenham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) and literally meant "homestead or village of a man called Pacca," from the Old English personal name + "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Deckham family
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Deckham Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Deckham have been found, including Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Deckham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deckham family to Ireland
Some of the Deckham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Deckham family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Deckham, or a variant listed above: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.
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