Pascal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The prestigious surname Pascal comes from the Dauphiné region in the French Alps. The surname Pascal is a patronymic surname, a type of hereditary surname, and is derived from the personal name Pascal, a baptismal name. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. The given name Pascal is derived from the Latin name Pascha, which meant Easter and is in turn derived from the Hebraic name Pesach, which is the Hebrew name for the Passover. There were two saints named Pascal.
Early Origins of the Pascal family
The surname Pascal was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where this distinguished family held a family seat as an aristocratic family in the seigneurie of Mérins. They later intermarried with the distinguished families of Colombier and Satolas.
Early History of the Pascal family
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Pascal Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Pascal, Pascall, Pascalle, Pascalls, Pascalis, Pasca, Pascail, Pascau, Pascaud, Paschal, Paschel, Pascual, Pasqual, Pascault, Pascol, Pascoll, Pasquel, Paskell, Peschall, De Pascal, de Pascal, Depascal, De Paschall, Depaschall, Pescal and many more.
Early Notables of the Pascal family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Pascal is the 10,440th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Pascal is ranked the 248th most popular surname with an estimated 14,750 people with that name. 
Pascal migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pascal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisco Pascal, aged 36, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1821 
- Edward A. Pascal, who arrived at Baltimore in 1828
- M Pascal, aged 45, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1840 
- Louis Pascal, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1843 
- Larronel Pascal, aged 43, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844 
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Pascal migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Pascal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Nicolas Pascal, who arrived in Quebec from Franche-Comté in 1734
Pascal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Pascal, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
- John Pascal, aged 18, a tailor, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Peggy" from Plymouth, England
- Katharina Pascal, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1897
- Maria Pascal, who landed in Canada in 1897
Contemporary Notables of the name Pascal (post 1700) +
- Robert "Bob" A. Pascal (1934-2021), American Republican politician, collegiate football player, a professional Canadian football player
- Amy Pascal (b. 1958), American Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc
- Adam Pascal (b. 1970), American actor and singer
- Francine Pascal, American author
- Robert A. Pascal, American Republican politician, Delegate to Maryland State Constitutional Convention District 6-B, 1967; Member of Maryland State Senate District 6-B, 1971-74; Candidate for Governor of Maryland, 1982 
- Oscar Pascal, American politician, Delegate to Socialist National Convention from Michigan, 1960 
- Nancy Pascal, American politician, Member of Maryland State Senate 6th District, 1974 
- Joseph Sécret Pascal -Vallongue, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- François Nicolas Pascal de Kerenveyer, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Christine Pascal (1953-1996), French actress, writer and director
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The Pascal Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Spes mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my hope.
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- ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, June 16) Joseph Pascal. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, June 16) François Pascal. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html