Packenghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient history of the Packenghan name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk. 
This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Packenghan family held their land. The original bearers of the Packenghan 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 Packenghan family
The surname Packenghan 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  and literally meant "homestead or village of a man called Pacca," from the Old English personal name + "ham." 
The first record of the family was William de Pekenham, listed in Pakenham (1196-1200.) Later Edmund de Pakenham was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. 
There were also early records in Norfolk: William de Pakenham and John de Pakeham in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273  and Henry de Pakenham and Thomas de Pakeham in 1373. 
Early History of the Packenghan family
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Packenghan Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Packenghan include Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Packenghan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Pagman, Packman, Pagenham, Pakenham (fl. 1497-1552), English Army officer and politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Great Bedwyn in 1547. He was Clerk comptroller, the counting house by 1518, Clerk of the Accounts by 1543; and Clerk of the green cloth by 1547.
Anne Pakenham, daughter of Sir Hugh Pakenham married Sir William Sidney (1482?-1554) an English courtier under Henry VIII and Edward VI and together...
Migration of the Packenghan family to Ireland
Some of the Packenghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Packenghan family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Packenghan or a variant listed above: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.