The name Pasques came to England
with the ancestors of the Pasques family in the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pasques 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 Pasques family
The surname Pasques 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 Pasques family
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Pasques Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Pascall, Paschall, Pascale, Pascal, Paschal, Pascoll and many more.
Early Notables of the Pasques family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pasques family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pasques or a variant listed above: 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.