Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Pakenam is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk
. This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Pakenam family held their land. The original bearers of the Pakenam 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 Pakenam family
The surname Pakenam 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 Pakenam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pakenam 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 Pakenam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pakenam Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pakenam has been spelled many different ways, including Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Pakenam family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pakenam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pakenam family to Ireland
Some of the Pakenam 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 Pakenam family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pakenams to arrive in North America: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.