The ancient roots of the Pophan family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Pophan comes from when the family 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
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.
Early Origins of the Pophan family
The surname Pophan 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Pophan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pophan 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 Pophan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pophan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Pophan has appeared include Popham, Poppam and others.
Early Notables of the Pophan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Stephen Popham, High Sheriff
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 Pophan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pophan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pophan arrived in North America very early: Edward and George Popham settled in Maine in 1607; thirteen years before the "Mayflower"; Richard Popham settled in New York in 1820.
The Pophan 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.