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
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
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.
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