Recorded as Pash, Pashe, Paish, and diminutives, Passion, Pashan, Pashen, Pashon, Pashun, Patience, Patient, Pishon, and many others, this is an English surname. It is however of Old French origins, and was introduced into England by the Norman-French after the famous Conquest of 1066. The name derives from the word "pasche" meaning , Easter, from the Latin "pascua". This was used as a nickname for someone who was born at Easter, or who had some other personal connection with Easter such as owing a feudal obligation at that time. It was also used as a given name in the Middle Ages as Pask, Pash and Pack, and as an example Hugo filius Pasch was recorded in the Cambridgeshire Hundred Rolls of 1275. Early examples of the surname recordings include Joseph Pach Cambridgeshire in 1273 and Walter Passh of Worcestershire in 1327. Other examples from surviving church registers include the christening of John Pash, at St. Botolph's Colchester, Essex, on November 24th 1566, the christening of Rebecca Passion at the church of St Bartholomew the Great, in the city of London, on July 15th 1638, and Anna Pashan who married Martin Theal at St Annes Soho, Westminster, on October 16th 1783. William Pash and Frances Broade, on June 29th 1640, at Duntisborne Abbots, Gloucestershire. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name is quarterly, silver and black; in the second and third quarters three silver fleur-de-lis in pale. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Paske, which was dated 1253, in the "Chartulary of Oseney Abbey", Oxfordshire, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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