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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.

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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." [1] Presumably the same Si William was granted estates in Aston-Upon-Trent. "The manor was granted after the Reformation to Sir William Paget." [1]


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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.

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Another 233 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Padgett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


  • John Padgett, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Padgett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Padgett, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Percivall Padgett, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1895

Padgett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Robert Padgett, who landed in Arkansas in 1900
  • Jacob Padgett, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Florence Padgett, aged 23, who settled in America from Dudley Hills, in 1907
  • Joseph Padgett, aged 32, who landed in America from Dudley Hills, in 1907
  • James Padgett, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Halifax, England, in 1908


Padgett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Padgett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848

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  • James Lee "Jim" Padgett (1930-2009), American basketball coach
  • Lemuel P. Padgett (1855-1922), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives for the 7th congressional district of Tennessee
  • Joy Padgett (b. 1947), American politician, Republican member of the Ohio Senate
  • Ernie Padgett (1899-1957), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Scott Padgett (b. 1976), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Ron Padgett (b. 1942), American poet, essayist, fiction writer, and translator
  • Mr. Arthur Padgett (1891-1914), English Miner from Worsborough, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
  • John Padgett (1860-1943), English first-class cricketer from Scarborough, Yorkshire
  • George Hubert Padgett (b. 1931), English former first-class cricketer from Silkstone, Batley, Yorkshire
  • Doug Padgett (b. 1934), English cricketer


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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.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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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.

This page was last modified on 10 March 2016 at 08:53.

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