The name Paig is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a server or personal attendant to a Lord or nobleman. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8) Occupational
names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational
names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational
suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.
Early Origins of the Paig family
The surname Paig was first found in Devon
where one of the first records of the name was Ralph Page who was listed there in the Pipe Rolls
of 1230. A few years later William le Page was listed in the Feet of Fines for Essex
in 1240. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Lambert Page was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 in Yorkshire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
And a few years late to the north, John Page was one of the Scottish prisoners taken in Dunbar Castle in 1296 and confined in Tunbridge Castle. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
At some point, a branch of the family was established at Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire
. " In a chapel on the north side of the chancel are recumbent effigies of Sir Francis Page and his lady, to whom the manor of Middle Aston formerly belonged: Sir Francis destroyed some monuments of the Dinham family to make room for his own, which was erected in his life-time." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Paig family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paig research.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1692, 1693, 1669, 1720, 1708, 1695, 1775, 1723 and are included under the topic Early Paig History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Paig Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Paig are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Paig include Page, Paige and others.
Early Notables of the Paig family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Page of Somerset; and Colonel John Page (1628-1692), from Bedfont, Middlesex, an English merchant and settler in Middle Plantation on the Virginia Peninsula, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Council of the Virginia Colony; Gregory Page (died 1693); and his... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paig Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Paig family to Ireland
Some of the Paig family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 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 Paig family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Paig or a variant listed above: Robert Page settled in Boston with his wife and three children in 1637; Thomas Page settled in Boston with his wife and two children in 1635; Elizabeth Page settled with her husband Edward in Barbados in 1670.