Paddington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Paddington family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in the hamlet of Packington found in the county of Leicestershire. The surname Paddington was originally derived from the Old English word Pakintone, which referred to those who lived at the wood of the people Pacca. The place-name Packington was probably first used after the family moved away from their original dwelling place to another area. In this circumstance, the family would adopt the place-name so that they could be known by the name of the original village.

Early Origins of the Paddington family

The surname Paddington was first found in North West Leicestershire at Packington, a village and civil parish that dates back to at least 1043 when it was listed as Pakinton. Forty-three years later in the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was listed as Pachintone. [1] The place name literally means "estate associated with a man called Pac(c)a" having derived from the Old English personal name + ing + tun. [2] Great Packington is a hamlet near Meriden, Warwickshire and is home to Packington Hall, a 17th-century mansion built in 1693 for Sir Clement Fisher. His earlier manor house Packington Old Hall is nearby. At the time of the Conquest, this was the property of Turchil de Warwick, by whom, it was given to Geoffrey de Clinton, founder of the castle and priory of Kenilworth. After the Dissolution, it passed by letters-patent to the Fisher family.

Early History of the Paddington family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paddington research. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1846, 1477, 1551, 1538, 1529, 1489, 1536, 1530, 1571, 1561, 1549, 1625, 1600, 1624, 1623, 1624, 1621, 1680, 1640, 1649 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Paddington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paddington 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 Paddington include Packington, Pakington, Packinton, Pakinton, Pakintone, Pakintone, Packingtone and many more.

Early Notables of the Paddington family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir John Pakington (c.1477-1551), Chirographer of the Court of Common Pleas, a Member of Parliament for Gloucester, and Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1538 and Worcestershire. In 1529 he received an extraordinary grant from Henry VIII permitting him to wear his hat in the King's presence. Robert Pakington (c.1489-1536), was a London merchant and Member of Parliament who was murdered on his way to Mass at the Mercers' chapel; Sir Thomas Pakington (c.1530-1571)...
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Migration of the Paddington 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 Paddington or a variant listed above: Jonathon Pakingtone who settled in Carolina in 1700.

Contemporary Notables of the name Paddington (post 1700) +

  • Albert Hillman "Bert" Paddington (1881-1932), English professional footballer who played from 1899 to 1906

The Paddington 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: Par viribus virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue is equal to strength.

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook
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