Peartown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Peartown is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Peartown comes from the Norman given name Partant. 
Another source notes that the name could have been derived from the Old English words "pere" + "tun," in modern English meaning "pear orchard" or "pear tree." 
Early Origins of the Peartown family
The surname Peartown was first found in Cumberland at Parton, a township, in the parish of Moresby, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent.  
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 Assize Rolls of Warwickshire in 1377. 
Early Scottish records revealed Patrick fiz Matheu de Partone of Dumfries rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. 
Early History of the Peartown family
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Peartown Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Peartown include Parton, Partin, Partone, Partant, Pardon, Pardant and others.
Early Notables of the Peartown family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peartown family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Peartowns to arrive on North American shores: 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.