The name Paskal reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Paskal family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Paskal family lived in Essex
. The name, however, is a reference to Pasci,
in Eure, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Paskal family
The surname Paskal was first found in Essex
but the family were originally from Pasci in Eure, Normandy
and were granted lands in Essex
by Henry, Duke of Normandy
through Robert, Earl of Leicester, at Much and Great Baddow. While the surname was firmly established in this are for many years, searching various rolls for the surname revealed a John Pascal in the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire
in 1221, and a William Pascale in 1275 in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Paskal family
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Paskal Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Paskal family name include Pascall, Paschall, Pascale, Pascal, Paschal, Pascoll and many more.
Early Notables of the Paskal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Paskal family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Paskal family to immigrate North America: Phill Paskall, on record in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Paschall (also Paskell), who, along with his wife Joanna and three children, settled in Pennsylvania in 1682.
Contemporary Notables of the name Paskal (post 1700)
- Cleo Paskal, Canadian Associate Fellow at Chatham House and Director of The Oceania Research Project