Pairpoint - what does Pairpoint surname mean?
This unusual name is of Norman (French) origin and is a locational name from any of the places called `Pierrepont` in Seine-Inferieure, Calvados, or La Manche in Normandy. The name was introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066 and is first recorded in the Domesday Book (see below). The placename means `the stone bridge`, derived from the Olde French `Pierre`, stone, with `pont`, bridge. The surname development has included Richard de Pierrepunt (1178, Dorset), Roger Perpunt (1240, Nottinghamshire) and Simon de Perpoynt (1316, Northumberland). The modern surname can be found as `Pierrepoint`, `Pierrepont` and `Pairpoint`, among other forms. Anne Pierrepont was christened at St. Margaret`s, Westminster on the 9th March 1631. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reinaldus de Perapund, which was dated 1086, in the `Domesday Book (Norfolk)`, during the reign of King William 1, known as `The Conqueror`, 1066 - 1087. 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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