The present generation of the Packenham 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 Packenham family held their land. The original bearers of the Packenham 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 Packenham family
The surname Packenham 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 Packenham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packenham 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 Packenham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Packenham 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 Packenham include Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Packenham family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Packenham family to Ireland
Some of the Packenham 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 Packenham family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Packenham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eliza Packenham, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"