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The birthplace of the surname Paynter is Cornwall, a rugged peninsula in southwestern England that is noted for its strong Gaelic traditions. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Despite the fact that occupational surnames are rare among the Cornish People, they nevertheless sometimes adopted surnames derived from the type of work they did. The surname Paynter was an occupational name for a painter. Paynter is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task, as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type of surname is called a metonymic surname. The surname Paynter comes from the Old English word peintour, which means painter.

Paynter Early Origins



The surname Paynter was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Paynter Spelling Variations


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Paynter Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Paynter, Painter and others.

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Paynter Early History


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Paynter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Paynter research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1594, 1637 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Paynter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Paynter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Paynter Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Paynter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Paynter family to immigrate North America:

Paynter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rowland Paynter, who came to Virginia in 1619
  • Edward Paynter, who came to Virginia in 1619
  • Thomas, Robert and William Paynter all settled in Virginia in 1643
  • Roger Paynter, who arrived in Virginia in 1651
  • Martha Paynter, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Paynter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Regina Paynter who arrived in Philadelphia in 1734
  • Jurig Michael Paynter, aged 55, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Lovell Paynter, who settled in Philadelphia in 1741

Paynter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard G Paynter, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1846

Paynter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Paynter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • George Paynter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Henry Paynter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • John Paynter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • Mary Paynter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Paynter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George H. Paynter, aged 38, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Ellen Paynter, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Thomas Paynter, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Lucy Paynter, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Paynter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Paynter (post 1700)



  • Thomas Hanson Paynter (1851-1921), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Kentucky 9th District, 1889-95; Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals, 1895-1906; U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 1907-13
  • Lemuel Paynter (1788-1863), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1st District, 1837-41
  • Thomas Hanson Paynter (1851-1921), American Congressman and Senator (1907-1913) from Kentucky
  • Samuel Paynter (1768-1845), American merchant and politician
  • Edward Paynter (1901-1979), English one of England's greatest cricket players
  • Noel Paynter (b. 1898), English RAF Air Commodore
  • Billy Paynter (b. 1984), English professional footballer, playing for Southend United

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Paynter Historic Events


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Paynter Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Edwin Paynter, English 1st Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Miss Irene Emily Paynter, English 1st Class Passenger from Liverpool, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The Paynter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Paynter 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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