The English surname Payne is patronymic origin, being one of those names derived from the first name of the original bearer's father. The source of the name can be traced to the Old English word "paien", which was derived from the Latin word "paganus" meaning "rustic or countryman". It later also came to mean "heathen". The surname was often given to children whose baptism was delayed or, indeed, to adults whose religious zeal was not what it should have been. By the twelfth century, Pagan(us) was a well established first-name in England which was given without any thought to its meaning and it is thus likely that the surname Payne is of patronymic origin rather than of nickname. The surname is recorded in English documents as early as 1086. In that year one Edmund filius Pagen of Somerset is listed in the Domesday Book. In 1190 John Pane is listed in the Pipe Rolls for Worcestershire while Rotrotus Pagani is registered in the Pipe Rolls for Leicestershire. Variants of the name include Pain, Paines, Panes, Payan, Payen, Payn, Pagan and Pagon. Notable bearers of this surname include John Howard Payne (1792-1852), a dramatist and actor whose most successful plays were "Brutus or The Fall of Taruqin" and "Therese, the Orphan of Geneva".

BLAZON OF ARMS: Gules a fesse between two lions passant argent.

Translation: Gules denotes Military Fortitude and Magnanimity. The lion is the symbol of Strength, Courage and Generosity.

CREST: A lion's gamb couped argent grasping a broken tilting spear.

MOTTO: Malo mori quam foedari Translation: I would rather die than be dishonored (i.e., Death before Dishonor)


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