This surname is of English locational origin, from the places so called in Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire. The placenames are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 respectively, as "Pachintone", "Pagintone" and "Patitone" and all share the same derivation and meaning i.e. "Pac(c)a's homestead or village, from the Old English pre 7th Century personal name "Pac(c)a", from the Old Norse "Pakki", plus the element "tun" meaning homestead, village or town. Locational name were dispersed around the country when the name-bearers moved from their original homes to live or work in another town, as in "David de (of) Pakington" (1244, Staffordshire). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert de Pakinton. which was dated 1195, The Derbyshire Pipe Rolls. during the reign of King Richard I, The Lionheart, 1189 - 1199. 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.