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Early Origins of the Pankratz family

The surname Pankratz was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Pankratz family

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Pankratz Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pankratz family name include Pancras, Pancriz, Panckridge, Pankridge, Penkridge, Penbridge, Pankrige, Pankrich, Penkrich, Packridge, Peckridge, Packrich, Peckrich and many more.

Early Notables of the Pankratz family (pre 1700)

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Pankratz Ranking

In the United States, the name Pankratz is the 16,046th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Pankratz migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Pankratz surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Pankratz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Pankratz, aged 9, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [2]
  • Anna Pankratz, aged 22, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [2]
  • Elisabeth Pankratz, aged 8, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [2]
  • Franz Pankratz, aged 38, who arrived in New York, NY in 1874 [2]
  • Heinrich H Pankratz, aged 25, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pankratz (post 1700) +

  • Loren Pankratz (b. 1940), American consultation psychologist at the Portland VA Medical Center
  • Marcia Anne Pankratz (b. 1964), American silver and two-time bronze medalist field hockey forward and Olympian in the 1990s
  • Helmut Pankratz (b. 1937), Canadian retired politician, Mayor of Steinbach, Manitoba from 1981 to 1986 and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for La Verendrye (1986-1990)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook