Partain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Partain is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Partain comes from the Norman given name Partant. 
Another source notes that the name could have been derived from the Old English words "pere" + "tun," in modern English meaning "pear orchard" or "pear tree." 
Early Origins of the Partain family
The surname Partain was first found in Cumberland at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent.  
Now part of Cumbria, this seaside village sometimes called Parton Bay was used by the Romans, who had a fort on north of the present village. Parton is also found in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland, and in Gloucestershire but it is generally believed that the aforementioned village and parish has the strongest evidence of the family heritage. But early records have the name scattered throughout Britain: Adam of Peron in the Assize Rolls of Wiltshire in 1249; Robert Perton in 1249; and John Parton in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1377. 
Early Scottish records revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. 
Early History of the Partain family
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Partain Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.
Early Notables of the Partain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Partain family
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Partain name or one of its variants: Robert Partin who settled in Virginia in 1609; eleven years before the "Mayflower"; Robert and Margaret Partin settled in Virginia with their three children in 1624.
Contemporary Notables of the name Partain (post 1700) +
- Hayden Partain (b. 1994), American soccer player currently playing for Sacramento Republic in the United Soccer League
- Paul A. Partain (1946-2005), American actor, best known for his role in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
- Johnny Partain, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Texas 15th District, 2012 
- Jim Partain, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Alabama, 1974; Statesman Candidate for U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1980 
- Dave Partain, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1939; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1940 
Related Stories +
- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
- ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
- ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html