The surname of PEPWORTHE was a locational name 'of Papworth' in County Cambridgeshire. The name was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066, and the earliest of the name on record appears to be Papeworde (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday book. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards. Other records of the name mention Anneys Pepworth who was recorded in the year 1241 in County Essex and John de Peppewort appears in County Cambridgeshire in 1272. Richard Papworth and Margary Grffiths were married in London in the year 1547, and Anne, daughter of Ralph Papworth was baptised at St.Michael, Cornhill, London in 1732. The name has ramified strongly and extended farther beyond the limits within it arose, and there are many of the name who emigrated to the New Country of America . In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village where he held his land. This name would identify his whole family, and followed them wherever they moved.
The name was derived from the Old English Pepesworpae.
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