Origins Available: English
Early Origins of the Payston family
The surname Payston was first found in Norfolk
at Paston, a village and civil parish held by Thorold from William de Warren, a Norman Baron
, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. At that time the place name was recorded as Pastuna and possibly meant "farmstead of a man called Paecci." Alternatively, the first element could have been derived from the Old English word paesce which meant "muddy place or pool." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Paston Hall was built by William Paston (1378-1444) and was rebuilt by Sir William Paston (1528-1610) after a fire. This has been the traditional home of the Paston family who are best known for the Paston Letters, a collection of correspondence between members of the family, and others associated with the family between 1422 and 1509. These documents now kept in the British Museum, the Bodleian Library, Oxford, at Magdalen College, Oxford, and at Pembroke College, Cambridge and provide a wealth of information of the life and times of the Paston family.
Early History of the Payston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Payston research.Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1043, 1552, 1202, 1404, 1642, 1673, 1487, 1545, 1578, 1586, 1609, 1631, 1683, 1673 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Payston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Payston Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Paston, Pastone, Payston, Paiston, Passton and others.
Early Notables of the Payston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Payston family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Payston Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- George Payston who settled in New England in 1650