The Passmere surname in Britain is thought to have come from two fairly distinct sources: It evolved from the Middle English words "passe" meaning "to pass or go across," and "more," meaning a "marsh." As such, it was likely originally a nickname
for someone who lived on the far side of a tract of moorland, or perhaps for someone with knowledge of a safe route across a moor. Other instances of this surname are thought to have derived from that same first element "passe," along with "mer," meaning "sea," or "ocean;" in which case, the name was likely originally for a seafarer.
Early Origins of the Passmere family
The surname Passmere was first found in Berkshire, at Peasemore, a village and civil parish which dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Praxemere and literally meant "pond by which peas grow" from the Old English words pise + mere. By 1166, the village's name had evolved to Pesemere. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today the village is still very small having a population of only 300 or so.
Early History of the Passmere family
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Passmere Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Passmore, Passmere, Pasmore, Peasmore and others.
Early Notables of the Passmere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Passmere family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Pasmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Thomas Passmore and his wife Jane, who settled in Virginia in 1624; John Pasmore, who settled in Virginia in 1638.