Pakenman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Pakenman is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk. 
This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Pakenman family held their land. The original bearers of the Pakenman 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 Pakenman family
The surname Pakenman 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  and literally meant "homestead or village of a man called Pacca," from the Old English personal name + "ham." 
The first record of the family was William de Pekenham, listed in Pakenham (1196-1200.) Later Edmund de Pakenham was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk in 1327. 
There were also early records in Norfolk: William de Pakenham and John de Pakeham in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273  and Henry de Pakenham and Thomas de Pakeham in 1373. 
Early History of the Pakenman family
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Pakenman Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pakenman were recorded, including Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Pakenman family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Pagman, Packman, Pagenham, Pakenham (fl. 1497-1552), English Army officer and politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Great Bedwyn in 1547. He was Clerk comptroller, the counting house by 1518, Clerk of the Accounts by 1543; and Clerk of the green cloth by 1547.
Anne Pakenham, daughter of Sir Hugh Pakenham married Sir William Sidney (1482?-1554) an English courtier under Henry VIII and Edward VI and together...
Migration of the Pakenman family to Ireland
Some of the Pakenman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Pakenman family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Pakenman family emigrate to North America: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.