Friday, January 28, 2011

what's in a name?

The true meaning behind my last name.

Pangborn Coat of Arms / Pangborn Family Crest

During the Middle Ages surnames were first used in order to distinguish between numbers of people bearing the same christian name. As taxation, under William The Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, became the law, documentation became essential, and names were chosen from a man's trade, his father's name, some personal physical characteristic, or from his place of residence. In the case of the name PANGBORN it was a locational name from a spot in County Berkshire. The name was derived from the Old English word PANGBON, literally meaning the dweller at the stream of the people of PAEGA. The earliest of the name on record appears to be PANGBOURNE (without surname) who was recorded in Berkshire in 1185, and PANGEBURN (without surname) was documented in County Oxford in 1273.

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