The present generation of the Fagenham family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk
. This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Fagenham family held their land. The original bearers of the Fagenham 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 Fagenham family
The surname Fagenham was first found in 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 Fagenham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fagenham research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1713, 1776, 1743, 1792, 1774, 1835, 1785, 1794, 1774, 1835, 1817, 1860 and 1933 are included under the topic Early Fagenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fagenham Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Fagenham include Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Fagenham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fagenham family to Ireland
Some of the Fagenham family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fagenham family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Fagenham were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.