Show ContentsPartin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Partin family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Norman given name Partant. 1

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." 2

Early Origins of the Partin family

The surname Partin was first found in Cumberland at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. 3 4

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. 5

Early Scottish records revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. 6

Early History of the Partin family

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Partin Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.

Early Notables of the Partin family

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Partin Ranking

In the United States, the name Partin is the 3,495th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. 7

United States Partin migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Partin or a variant listed above:

Partin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Partin, aged 36, who arrived in Virginia in 1609 aboard the "Blessing" 8
  • Mrs. Margrett Partin, aged 36, who arrived in Virginia in 1617 aboard the ship "George" joining her husband Robert Partin 8
  • Ralph Partin, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 8
  • Samll Partin, who landed in Virginia in 1662 8
  • Mary Partin, who landed in Virginia in 1663 8
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Partin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Partin, aged 25, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 8

Contemporary Notables of the name Partin (post 1700) +

  • Edward Grady Partin Sr. (1924-1990), American business agent of the Teamsters Union whose testimony helped convict James "Jimmy" Riddle Hoffa of jury tampering
  • William D. Partin, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 20th District, 1932 9
  • Ranse M. Partin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996 9
  • J. C. Partin, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Tennessee, 1956 9
  • Carl W. Partin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1944 9

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  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. 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)
  7. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  8. 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)
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook