Paish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Paish was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Paish family lived in Essex. The name, however, is a reference to Pasci, in Eure, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Paish family

The surname Paish was first found in Essex but the family were originally from Pasci in Eure, Normandy and were granted lands in Essex by Henry, Duke of Normandy through Robert, Earl of Leicester, at Much and Great Baddow. While the surname was firmly established in this are for many years, searching various rolls for the surname revealed a John Pascal in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1221, and a William Pascale in 1275 in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire.

Early History of the Paish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paish research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1361, 1333 and 1347 are included under the topic Early Paish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Paish Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pascall, Paschall, Pascale, Pascal, Paschal, Pascoll and many more.

Early Notables of the Paish family (pre 1700)

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Paish family

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Paish or a variant listed above: Phill Paskall, on record in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Paschall (also Paskell), who, along with his wife Joanna and three children, settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.



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