Show ContentsPagett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pagett is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pagett 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. Some of the family remained in Normandy as seen by this entry: "William Pachet, Normandy 1180." [1]

Early Origins of the Pagett family

The surname Pagett was 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." [2] Presumably the same Sir William was granted estates in Aston-Upon-Trent. "The manor was granted after the Reformation to Sir William Paget." [2]

Early History of the Pagett family

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Pagett Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pagett family name include Paget, Pagit, Pagitt, Pagett, Pagget, Paggett and others.

Early Notables of the Pagett family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Eusebius Pagit (Pagett) (1551?-1617), an English nonconformist clergyman

Ireland Migration of the Pagett family to Ireland

Some of the Pagett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pagett migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Pagett family to immigrate North America:

Pagett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Pagett, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Thomas Pagett, aged 41, who settled in Virginia in 1635 aboad the ship "Assurance"
  • Thomas Pagett, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [3]
  • Noany Pagett, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [3]
  • Elizabeth Pagett, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [3]
Pagett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antony Pagett, who settled in Maryland in 1711
  • Jonathon Pagett, who settled in Boston in 1767
Pagett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Pagett, aged 40, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [3]
  • William Pagett, aged 18, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pagett (post 1700) +

  • Alfred Pagett, American politician, Representative from Michigan 7th District, 1892 [4]
  • Dana P. Pagett (b. 1949), American retired professional ABA basketball player for the Virginia Squires during the 1971-72 season
  • Nicola Pagett (1945-2021), born Nicola Mary Scott, an English actress, best known for her roles as Elizabeth Bellamy in series Upstairs, Downstairs (1971-1973) and as Sally Kegworthy in the series Up Rising (2000)
  • Andrew Pagett (b. 1982), Welsh professional snooker player

HMS Royal Oak
  • Ivor H. Pagett, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [5]

The Pagett 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: Per il suo contrario
Motto Translation: By its reverse.

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
  5. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook