Very few people, royalty excepted, can trace their ancestors uninterruptedly for centuries. I can. The Paim name you see in the adress bar of this blog goes back to at least a thousand years to a place called Bedford, in England, where our first (?) ancestor originated.
The Paim - Paine- Payne - Payn name comes from Latin Paganus = Pagan. From "Paganus" to the vernacular Paean, Pean, you got the drift... to Paine.
We Paims, erm, Paines, Paynes, Payns, Pagans go back to one Thomas Allen Paine (Payn), born circa 1355, who left England in 1387 to accompany Phillippa of Lancaster, sister of Henry IV, who was to marry king John I of Portugal.
Thomas Allen Paine became "Chomaly" Paim in Portugal and had two sons: Valentine and Robert. Valentine who later married Brites de Vasconcellos, was then our first Paim. From him, to the Azores, to Brazil, and in Brazil, to the states of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Sul whose branch i derive
Our great...-uncle Robert was none other than that very translator of John Gower's Confessio Amantis - or Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins who, as a Canon of Lisbon, was unmarried. Juan de Cuenca did his Spanish translation based on my g...-uncle's translation into Portuguese.
So what, you say, I go back 200 thousand years to one African "Eve". Well, i'm just looking into my genealogy, that's all.
Now with a name like that, make way, for the Paines, Payns, Paeens, Paims are a-coming!