Passey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Passey family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They 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 of England in 1066.
Early Origins of the Passey family
The surname Passey 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 of Worcestershire.
Early History of the Passey family
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Passey Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pascall, Paschall, Pascale, Pascal, Paschal, Pascoll and many more.
Early Notables of the Passey family (pre 1700)
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Passey migration to the United States +
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Passey or a variant listed above were:
Passey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Passey, aged 70, who landed in America, in 1896
Passey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frank Joseph Passey, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Northampton, in 1903
- Helen Passey, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Reading, in 1906
- Henry Passey, aged 21, who immigrated to America from Reading, in 1906
- Emily Passey, aged 54, who settled in America from Reading, in 1906
- Eva C. Passey, aged 38, who landed in America from Worcester, England, in 1907
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Passey migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Passey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Thomas Passey, aged 28, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1915
Passey migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Passey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ann Passey, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
- Sarah Passey, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
- Miss Ann Passey, (b. 1819), aged 23, British servant and sempstress, niece of Mrs. Lightband travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 
- Miss Sarah Passey, (b. 1821), aged 21, British servant and sempstress, niece of Mrs. Lightband travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 
Contemporary Notables of the name Passey (post 1700) +
- Peter Passey, English former professional footballer
- Michael Francis William Passey (b. 1937), English former cricketer
Historic Events for the Passey family +
- Mr. Aubrey R Passey (b. 1919), English Sick Berth Attendant serving for the Royal Navy from Wantage, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 
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