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Popham is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Popham family once lived in Popham, Hants (now Hampshire). The first portion of the name is of uncertain meaning; medieval scholars believe that it is derived from the Old English word popp, which means pebble, but that etymology is uncertain. The second element, ham, means homestead or enclosure. Popham was recorded as Popham in 903, and as Popeham in the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
compiled in 1086.

Popham Early Origins



The surname Popham was first found in Hampshire at Popham, a village south of Basingstoke. It is claimed that "an ancestor, Gilbert de Popham, lived in the reign or King John; and there the elder line continued till 17 Henry VI. The Sommerstshire Pophams branched out of the Hampshire family, so early as temp. Edward I." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
[3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

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Popham Spelling Variations


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Popham Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Popham family name include Popham, Poppam and others.

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Popham Early History


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Popham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Popham research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1190, 1293, 1434, 1435, 1531, 1607, 1580, 1583, 1581, 1592, 1592, 1607, 1573, 1644, 1597, 1644, 1612, 1595, 1669, 1610 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Popham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Popham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Popham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include Sir Stephen Popham, High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1434-1435; Sir John Popham (1531-1607), Speaker of the House of Commons from 1580 to 1583, Attorney General 1581 to 1592, and Lord Chief Justice of England from 1592 to 1607; Sir Francis Popham (1573-1644), an...

Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Popham 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Popham surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Popham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Popham, nephew of George Popham settled in Maine in 1607
  • George Popham (15501608) English settler from Plymouth to New England aboard the Gift of God from Somerset in 1607 who founded the short-lived Popham Colony and Fort Popham, located near the present-day town of Phippsburg, Maine
  • Richard Popham, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Popham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Popham, aged 27, arrived in West Indies in 1812
  • Thomas F Popham, aged 51, landed in New York in 1815
  • Richard Popham settled in New York in 1820
  • James Popham, aged 60, landed in New York, NY in 1850

Popham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Popham, aged 26, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Popham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Popham (post 1700)



  • R. G. Popham, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1908
  • Sir John Popham (d. 1463), English military commander and speaker-elect of the House of Commons
  • George Popham (1550-1608), English pioneering colonist from Maine
  • Sir Francis Popham (1573-1644), English soldier and politician
  • Alexander Popham (1729-1810), British politician and penal reformer
  • Sir John Popham (1531-1607), British Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Sir Robert Moore Brooke Popham (1878-1953), senior commander in the British Royal Air Force
  • Home Riggs Popham (1762-1820), British naval officer, inventor of a numeric code for signal flags
  • Arthur E. Popham (1889-1970), British art historian
  • Alix Popham (b. 1979), Welsh rugby union player

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mens pristina mansit
Motto Translation: The original mind hath remained.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Popham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Popham 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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