Packingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Packingham family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Packingham comes from when the family lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk. 
This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Packingham family held their land. The original bearers of the Packingham 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 Packingham family
The surname Packingham 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 Packingham family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packingham research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1626, 1497, 1552, 1547, 1518, 1543, 1547, 1482, 1554, 1542, 1794, 1713, 1776, 1743, 1792, 1774, 1835, 1785, 1794, 1774, 1835, 1817, 1860 and 1933 are included under the topic Early Packingham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Packingham Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Packingham has appeared include Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Packingham 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...
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Migration of the Packingham family to Ireland
Some of the Packingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Packingham family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Packingham arrived in North America very early: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.
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