I just ran across this forum today and reading this item on Paden deriving from Peden, I thought I would share with everybody another derivation. A few years ago I met a guy named Jim Padian (he is presently a colleague of mine). As it turns out, his family emigrated from Ireland in the mid 19th century and claims that Paden is a variation of Padian and his family traces both the Padian and Paden family lines. In his family folklore, they have found evidence, though not conclusive, that the Paden family goes back to the Normans. The root of the name ... pod ... means foot and it could be that we derive from a proud line of foot soldiers. Perhaps other Paden's, Peden's, Padian's could shed some more light on this.
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