This Greek surname of PAPALEO was ultimately from the term 'papa' a child's word for his father. The 'House of Papalas' would appear to have been situated close to the Turkish coast. Church documents records Ioannis Vassiliou Papalas was born in the year 1849 in Tsouredes, Samos; in 1869 Ioannis Vassiliou and in 1895 Antonios Ionnis Papalas were born in Ennoia, Ikaria. The name is also spelt PAPANEK, PAPE, LO PAPA, PAPOTTO, PAPACCIO and PAPAZZO. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Victor PAPANEK, born in 1925 is the American designer, teacher and writer. He has worked in many parts of the world including developing countries, where he has specialized in design appropriate to local materials and to the local level of technology. His book 'Design for the Real World' (1971) explains his ecological considerations. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Up to this time there is no record of bearers of this name being granted a blazon of arms. The arms depicted below are the royal arms of their country of origin.
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