Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Pannill family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Payne. Pannill is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Although this interpretation of the etymology of the surname Pannill is uncertain, it is generally accepted at the present time.
Early Origins of the Pannill family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Pannill family
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Pannill Spelling Variations
Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Pannill has been spelled Pagan, Paganell, Paganel, Pagnell and others.
Early Notables of the Pannill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pannill family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pannills to arrive on North American shores: James Pagan, who came to Virginia in 1688; Robert Pagan, who arrived in Maine in 1748; Thomas Pagan, who arrived in St. John, N.B. in 1800; William Pagan, who came to New York in 1766.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pannill (post 1700)
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