Today's generation of the Packmend family bears a name that was brought to England
by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Packmend family lived in Kent
, at Peckham.
The surname of derives from the Old English words pekke,
indicating the top of a mountain or hill,
meaning homestead or settlement,
and distinguished the settlement by its proximity to a prominent peak.
The name of te settlement then became attached to those who lived there.
Early Origins of the Packmend family
The surname Packmend was first found in Kent
at either East Peckham or West Peckham. Both are villages that date back to the 10th century where they were collectively listed as Peccham. By the time of the Domesday Book
of 1086, they were known as Pecheham 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 were held by the Archbishop. At that time, there was a church, ten servants, one mill, and six acres of meadow. Part of the manor of East Farleigh lay within what is now East Peckham which was held by Ralph Fitz Turold. The place name literally means "homestead by a peak or hill." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Peckham was a hamlet, in the parish and union of Camberwell, E. division of the hundred
of Brixton in Surrey
, but is now a district in South-East London within the London Borough of Southwark.
Early History of the Packmend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Packmend research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1230, 1292, 1279, 1292, 1346, 1400, 1372, 1377, 1383, 1388, 1388, 1380, 1389, 1608, 1572, 1615, 1673, 1654 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Packmend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Packmend Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Packmend were recorded, including Peckham, Pecham, Peckem, Peckam, Packham and others.
Early Notables of the Packmend family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Archbishop Peckham of Kent; John Peckham (1230-1292), English Archbishop of Canterbury (1279-1292); James Peckham (c.1346-1400), English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent
1372, 1377, 1383, 1388, and 1388, appointed Sheriff of Kent
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Migration of the Packmend family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Packmend arrived in North America very early: John Peckham settled in Newport in Rhode Island in 1630; J. and N.A. Peckham arrived in San Francisco in 1852.
The Packmend Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Tentanda via est
Motto Translation: The way must be tried.