The English surname Padgett, mainly found in West Yorkshire, is derived from a Middle English diminutive of page, a status name for a young servant. John Paget is recorded in 1359 in the Court Rolls of Colchester. The name is recoded in the New World as early as 1673 when John Padgett arrived in Maryland from England. Today there are approximately 25,000 bearers of the name Padgett living in the United States.
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