Pacie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Pacie family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Pacie family
The surname Pacie 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 Pacie family
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Pacie Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pace, Paice, Pacie, Pacy and others.
Early Notables of the Pacie 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 returned to England and became Cardinal Wolsey's secretary and in 1516 a Secretary of State. He was also...
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Migration of the Pacie family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pacie or a variant listed above were: 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..
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