The Pafay surname is derived from the given name Pavia, of uncertain origin.
Early Origins of the Pafay family
The surname Pafay was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Pafay family
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Pafay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pavey, Pavie, Pavy, Pavis, Pafey, Paivey, Payvey, Pavier, Payver and many more.
Early Notables of the Pafay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pafay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Joseph Pavey, who came to Georgia in 1736; William Pavey, George Pavey and Elijah Pavey, who were on record in census of Ontario, Canada in 1871; as well as Samuel Pavey, who was naturalized in Detroit in 1872..