Perton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Perton family

The surname Perton was first found in Staffordshire at Perton, a large village and civil parish which has derived its name from 'Pear Town,' referring the a unique pear which grows in the area. The original manor was held by Edward the Confessor and then by the Abbot of Westminster. In turn, the abbey held Perton manor until 1162 when it was granted to Lord William Perton.

The surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Perton, a steward of Westminster Abbey who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. [1] Later, Ranulph de Perton settled at Tennenhall in Stafford during the reign of King John after 1216.

Purton is a parish, in the union of Cricklade and Wootton-Bassett, hundred of Highworth, Cricklade, and Staple in Wiltshire. [2] This place dates back to Saxon times when it was first listed as Puritone in 796. By the time of the Domesday Book, the place name had evolved to be known as Piritone. Again, the meaning of this place is related to pears as it literally means, "pear orchard, or farmstead where pears grow," from the Old English words "pirage" + "tun." [3]

Early History of the Perton family

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Perton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Perton, Pearton, Purton, Periton, Perriton, Pertond, Prington, Purinton and many more.

Early Notables of the Perton family (pre 1700)

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United States Perton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Perton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jeremy Perton, a servant sent from Bristol to the Foreign Plantations in 1660
  • Peter Perton, who arrived in Virginia in 1668
  • John Perton, who arrived in Virginia in 1682
Perton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Winifred Perton, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1764

Contemporary Notables of the name Perton (post 1700) +

  • Victor Perton (b. 1958), Australian politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1988-2006)

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) on Facebook
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