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This name derives from the personal name "Pagen", popularly Paine or Payn(e). It comes from the Old French "paien" or Latin "paganus" originally meaning "a villager or rustic", and later a heathen. As a personal name it is first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, Edmund filius (son of) Pagen. Later, one Reginoldus filius Pain appears in the Knights' Templars Records of 1185. The forename Payn is recorded in 1268. The surname is probably always patronymic and in the modern idiom, it has fourteen spelling variations, including Paine(e), Pane(s), Payne(s), Pagan, Pagon and Fitzpayn.

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