Pacay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pacay family lived in Cheshire
. The name, however, is a reference to Pacy Sur Eure,
in Evreux, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Pacay family
The surname Pacay was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times. This surname is so old that they were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Pacay family
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Pacay 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 Pace, Paice, Pacie, Pacy and others.
Early Notables of the Pacay family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Pace (c.
1482-1536), an English diplomat of the Tudor period. In 1509, he accompanied Cardinal Christopher Bainbridge, Archbishop of York, to Rome and remained with him until the cardinal's death by poisoning. He was instrumental in bringing the murderer to justice. He... Another 87 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pacay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pacay 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 Pacay or a variant listed above: Henry Pace, who settled in Virginia in 1638; as did Richard Pace, in 1626; Robert Pace settled in New England
in 1748; and an H. Pace settled in Philadelphia in 1823..