The Norman Conquest
of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Peartan name is derived from the Norman given name Partant.
Early Origins of the Peartan family
The surname Peartan was first found in Cumberland
at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Now part of Cumbria
, this seaside village sometimes called Parton Bay was used by the Romans
, who had a fort on north of the present village. Parton is also found in Kirkcudbrightshire Scotland
, and in Gloucestershire
but it is generally believed that the aforementioned village and parish has the strongest evidence of the family heritage. But early records have the name scattered throughout Britain: Adam of Peron in the Assize Rolls of Wiltshire
in 1249; Robert Perton in 1249; and John Parton in the the Assize Rolls of Warwickshire
in 1377. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Moving north to Scotland, early records there revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Peartan family
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Peartan Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.
Early Notables of the Peartan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peartan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Peartan or a variant listed above: Robert Partin who settled in Virginia in 1609; eleven years before the "Mayflower"; Robert and Margaret Partin settled in Virginia with their three children in 1624.