name Pagnam comes from when the family resided in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk
. This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Pagnam family held their land. The original bearers of the Pagnam surname took their name from the parish where they dwelt, so that they could be identified whenever they moved from their original dwelling place.
Early Origins of the Pagnam family
The surname Pagnam was first found in Suffolk
at Pakenham, a village that dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Pakenham c. 950. By the Domesday Book
of 1086, the village was listed as Pachenham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or village of a man called Pacca," from the Old English personal name
+ "ham." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Pagnam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pagnam research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1794, 1713, 1776, 1743, 1792, 1774, 1835, 1785, 1794, 1774, 1835, 1817, 1860 and 1933 are included under the topic Early Pagnam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pagnam Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Pagnam has been recorded under many different variations, including Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Pagnam family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pagnam family to Ireland
Some of the Pagnam family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pagnam family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pagnam or a variant listed above: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.