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About the study

Research into the PASK family name started in 1980 after we had stillborn twins. The doctors advised us to look into our family history to see if there was a genetic reason. We never found any reason but instead started a life-long interest in family history.

Originally we focused in the Lincolnshire area. However in 2000 we expanded our interests to include PASKs globally and became a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2003.

Variant names

There are 4 variants to the main name of PASK - PASK, PASKE, PASQUE, and PARSK. During our research we have recorded many variants including PASCH, PASCK, PASGC, PASGE, PASKS, PASKUE. Also the name is often transcribed incorrectly as PACK, PARK, PASH, PASHE, and PASS.

Name origin

The surname PASK is derived from the Hebrew word pesakah 'Easter', 'a passing over', and was used as a personal name for one born at Easter. Alternatively from the name Pascall, a 9th C. saint and pope.

History of the name

Interesting PASK people include:

  • Alun Edward Islwyn PASK (1937-1995) gained 26 consecutive Welsh International Rugby Union caps from 1961 to 1967 and was Wales' captain six times. Hailed as one of the finest No. 8 forwards of his time he was capped eight times for the British Lions. Alun died tragically during a fire at his home in 1995.
  • Professor Andrew Gordon Speedie PASK (1928-1928). 'Gordon' will perhaps be best remembered for his role as one of the 'founding fathers' of cybernetics, the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary intellectual movement that sprang up in the post war years.Younger brother of Edgar Alexander PASK.
  • Chris Pask originated from Hartest, Suffolk and immigrated to New Zealand. Founded C J Pask Winery in 1985 together with his daughter Tessa McKay. Chris literally pioneered grape plantings at Gimblett Road, Hawkes Bay in 1982 - a move viewed with some scepticism at the time. The winery now owns and manages over 142 hectares of vineyard in Gimblett Road, arguably the leading viticultural site in New Zealand.
  • Professor Edgar Alexander PASK (1912-1966) - 'The bravest man in the RAF never to have flown an aeroplane'. Edgar 'Gar' Pask was the first professor of anaesthesia in Newcastle, the second chair to be established in England. During the Second World War, he worked with Professor Macintosh, researching aspects of human physiology for the RAF. He acted as a human guinea pig for very dangerous experiments, intended to investigate ways of saving the lives of airmen forced to bale out at high altitudes, or ditch into freezing seas. He tested the limits of a human endurance due to hypoxia at high altitudes. He tested immersion suits and, unconscious and afloat, tested life jackets.For his bravery, the King awarded him the OBE in 1944. Elder brother of Andrew Gordon Speedie Pask.
  • Edward H. Pask was born in Melbourne and began his first major dance studies in the early 1950s with Valrene Tweedie at the National Theatre Ballet School. He made his professional debut in Ray Lawler's Ginger Meggs in 1954.
  • Emma Pask was born in Sydney in 1977. At the age of 14, she started singing jazz with her high school band. In 1994 James Morrison visited the school and heard Emma sing. He was so impressed by her voice that, he invited her to sing with his Quartet at a concert that night As a result, Emma, who was still only 16, became the vocalist with the James Morrison Quartet and Big Band. In 1995 she sang at the Sydney Opera House, and in 1996 she sang for Australia's Prime Minister, Mr Paul Keating.
  • Isaac Arthur James PASK M.C., DSO., R.G.A. (1881-1916) was a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery, 28th Brigade, and was awarded the DSO and M.C. Isaac was killed in action on 1 September 1916, fighting in World War I in Mametz, Somme, France. The London Gazette dated 26 September 1916, reads *'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed the greatest coolness during a very heavy bombardment, and carried on after a shell had blown him across a gunpit and slightly wounded him. His dugout has twice been hit, and has constantly gone out through a heavy barrage to observe fire. He put out a fire, although surrounded by ammunition and under heavy fire.'*
  • John PASK Flute Maker was a maker of brass and woodwind instruments in London between 1840 and 1871.

Name frequency

In an extract of the Office of National Statistics database for 2002, the name PASK is ranked 4508, with 1593 instances. The name PASKE is ranked 20969, with 205 instances.

However the name PASKE ranks 45,977 in terms of frequency in the U.S. 1990 Census. Strangely enough the name PASK is not listed. PASKs in the UK outnumber the PASKE by 90%.

Distribution of the name

The PASK and PASKE families originate from four main areas in the UK - Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Monmouthshire, and Essex. Several descendants of these branches have emigrated to America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa.

Data

All the registered births, marriages and deaths for the PASK, PASKE, and PASQUE surnames have been extracted and transcribed from the General Register Offices indexes for England and Wales (since 1837). These are searchable in the Pask Archive held with the Guild of One-Name Studies.

Other details that have also been extracted and indexed includes the International Genealogical Index (IGI), census returns 1841-1911, 1939 Register, parish registers, burial records, wills and grants of probate in England and Wales. Many of these are detailed in the narrative section of the PASK, PASKE One-Name Study website.

DNA

A PASK DNA project has been set up with Family Tree DNA.
Males bearing the name PASK, and the derivatives, are invited to join the project by donating a sample of their DNA.

Details of the project can be found at Pask DNA Project, or in the DNA section of the PASK, PASKE One-Name Study website.

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