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Today's generation of the Padgett family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Padgett family lived in Oxfordshire. The name, however, is a reference to Pachet, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Padgett include Paget, Pagit, Pagitt, Pagett, Pagget, Paggett and others.
First found in Oxfordshire and Derbyshire. Mickleover, Derbyshire was an early homestead of the family. "The manor was given, with Findern, Littleover, and Potlac, by William the Conqueror, to Burton Abbey; Henry VIII. granted these manors to Sir William Paget."  Presumably the same Si William was granted estates in Aston-Upon-Trent. "The manor was granted after the Reformation to Sir William Paget." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Padgett research. Another 219 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1551, 1617, 1575, 1647, 1645, 1506, 1563, 1540, 1590, 1572, 1629, 1612, 1609, 1678, 1615, 1679, 1637, 1713, 1689, 1692, 1692, 1701, 1632, 1639, 1664 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Padgett History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 233 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Padgett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Padgett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Padgetts to arrive on North American shores:
Padgett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Padgett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Padgett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Padgett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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: Per il suo contrario
Motto Translation: By its reverse.
The Padgett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Padgett Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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