Pakynghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Pakynghan is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the parish of Pakenham found in the county of Suffolk. 
This place-name was a habitation name which denoted where the Pakynghan family held their land. The original bearers of the Pakynghan 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 Pakynghan family
The surname Pakynghan 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 Pakynghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pakynghan research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1574, 1626, 1497, 1552, 1547, 1518, 1543, 1547, 1482, 1554, 1542, 1794, 1713, 1776, 1743, 1792, 1774, 1835, 1785, 1794, 1774, 1835, 1817, 1860 and 1933 are included under the topic Early Pakynghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pakynghan 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. Pakynghan has been spelled many different ways, including Pakenham, Packenham, Pagenam and others.
Early Notables of the Pakynghan 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...
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Migration of the Pakynghan family to Ireland
Some of the Pakynghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pakynghan family
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 Pakynghans to arrive in North America: George Pakenham settled in Virginia in 1643.
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