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The Passmore 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.

Passmore Early Origins



The surname Passmore 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. [1]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.

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Passmore Spelling Variations


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Passmore Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Passmore, Passmere, Pasmore, Peasmore and others.

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Passmore Early History


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Passmore Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Passmore research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Passmore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Passmore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Passmore Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Passmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Passmore and his wife Jane, who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Thomas Passmore, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Mary Passmore and her husband, who settled in Virginia in 1638
  • John Passmore, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1684

Passmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Geo Passmore, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • William Passmore, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1719

Passmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Passmore, who arrived in America in 1805
  • James Passmore, aged 27, landed in Missouri in 1845
  • Robert William Passmore, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Passmore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward J Passmore, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Florence Passmore, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
  • Welbelmina Passmore, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Passmore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Passmore arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elizabeth" in 1849
  • Thomas Passmore, aged 30, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Georgina Passmore, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Martha Passmore, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • James Passmore, aged 34, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"

Passmore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Passmore, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • Jane Passmore, aged 43, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
  • William H. Passmore, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • J. Passmore arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Passmore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Passmore (post 1700)



  • Walter Passmore (1867-1946), English singer and actor best known for his work in Gilbert and Sullivan operas
  • Matt Passmore (b. 1972), Australian actor
  • John "Richard" Passmore (1904-1984), Australian painter
  • John Passmore (b. 1914), Australian philosopher
  • Steve Passmore (b. 1973), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender

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Passmore Historic Events


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Passmore Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles Joseph Passmore, British Bedroom Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Henry Passmore, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leslie I Passmore, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Passmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Passmore Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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