Payne family crest

Payne family crest

Colors on the Payne family crest explained

Argent (silver) - represents the values of sincerity and peacefulness, two things the Payne family was known for.

Gules (red) - symbolizes martyrdom and the historic military strength of the Payne family when called upon.


  Symbols on the Payne family crest explained   

The fesse (strip across the shield) -  is an ancient symbol and represents one who upholds good conscience, honour and religion against evil forces.

The two lions - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.

The lions paw holding a broken spear - symbolizes peace.


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Origins of the Payne family name

The earliest known origin of the family name Payne is from the 10th century in England.

The name is derived from the Old English 'Paien', meaning 'countryman' also from the French word 'pais' meaning 'laborer'.


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Summary of the Payne family and the Payne family crest

  • The earliest known origin of the family name Payne is from the 11th century in England.
  • The first recorded use of the Payne surname in England was in the Domesday Book of 1086.
  • The Paynes were a Norman family who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066.
  • The family first settled in the county of Sussex.
  • The Paynes were a prominent family in medieval England and held a number of estates in the country.
  • The family name is also found in Ireland, where it was introduced by English settlers in the 17th century.
  • The Payne family has a long history of military service, dating back to the Crusades.
  • Several members of the Payne family have been knighted over the centuries dating back to before the 15th century.
  • They were also one of the few families to remain loyal to the Norman kings during the rebellions of the late 11th and early 12th centuries.
  • The Paynes continued to prosper and grow in power and influence during the medieval period.
  • During the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century, the Paynes supported the House of Lancaster. However, when the House of Tudor came to power, the Paynes switched their allegiance and supported the new monarchy.
  • The Paynes were further bolstered in power and influence during the reign of Elizabeth I, when they were granted a number of titles and offices. The family continued to flourish during the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • The Payne family name was first brought to North America in the 1600s by English settlers.
  • The family was among the first to settle in the colonies of Virginia and Massachusetts.