“V.G. Vasilievsky, who was the first among historians to make clear the historical significance of the Patzinaks [Padjanaks], wrote in 1872 concerning their advance into Byzantine territory: ‘This event, which has escaped the attention of all modern historical works, had enormous significance for the history of humanity. In its consequences it was almost as important as the crossing of the Danube by the western Goths, which initiated the so-called migration of nations.’” — Alexander A. Vasiliev
This book began as a paper for my family on the origin of our family name—Padjan—but over time, as I discovered various connections between my clan, or tribe, and peoples and tribes known to history, it evolved into its present form. Thus what began as a paper on the origin of my family name, evolved into a book on the origin of my ancestors — the Padjanaks and the Kangar — and their connections to and relationships with a number of tribes and peoples, such as the Kushans, or White Huns, the Yue-ji (Yuezhi), the Vlachs, the Morlachs, or Black Vlachs, the Chernye Klobuki, the Bunjevci, the Romani, or Gypsies, and others. In this book I demonstrate that the Padjanaks, whatever the spelling of the name (Badjanaks, Patzinaks, Pechenegs, etc.), were, in the main, Huns, but known as White Huns, and that the Padjanaks were, indeed, the Kushans.
This book is not about the dagger, or short sword, called a khangar, or khanjar, a choice weapon for many men throughout the ages, but about the ancient tribe or people whose name for themselves—Kangar—means sword- or dagger-bearer, and became the name for the dagger itself. That is to say, the name of the dagger, wherever the khangar or khanjar or handžar is used, whether in Iraq, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia, or India, comes from the name of the people—the Kangar. The Kangar were, or rather are, aborigines of India, the country of their nativity, and they are one of the most ancient people in the world, with a history spanning many thousands of years and involving numerous countries. Of all the Kangar, the most well known lived in southern Mesopotamia in antiquity. We call them Sumerians.
This book is, in the main, not a history proper, but an argument, or series of arguments, intended to demonstrate, in so far as it is possible, that the Sumerians were, in fact, the Kangar.
This paper discusses at length the ancestry of Philippe Amyot, husband of Anne Couvent. The purpose of this paper is, in the main, to answer the question of what Amyot family in France Philippe Amyot was a member, and of who the parents of Philippe Amyot were.
If an interest in Philippe Amyot and Anne Couvent has led you to this paper, you will probably be interested in reading my paper Charles de Longueval. It is available on Scribd as well as here, at josephamyotpadjan.com.
This paper, Charles de Longueval, has, in the main, two purposes, one, to identify the lordship of Walicourt that Charles de Longueval was lord of, and two, to show who the parents were of Charles de Longueval, husband of Louise de Joyeuse. Charles de Longueval and Louise de Joyeuse were the maternal grandparents of Anne Couvent, wife of Philippe Amyot.
As I demonstrate in my book The Padjanaks, the Padjanaks were the Kushans. They were a single people known by two names, used at different times and probably even at the same time, and they merged with the Kangar, who were originally from India. Some of their descendants came to bear the surname Padjan, and others came to bear Kushan as a surname. This paper, Kushans in Croatia, shows a list of those from Croatia who bore the surname Kushan.
Croatia and Slavonia, as well as Hungary, among other Balkan states, or states close to the Balkans, such as Slovakia, became home to a number of people who were not of European origin. The surnames that they and their descendants came to bear betray their origin in other parts of the world. As I demonstrate in this paper, I have discovered that a number of Kurds, Yezidis in particular, settled in Slavonia and elsewhere, and never left. I discuss other peoples of non-European origin as well, such as Padjanaks and Kangar, and show records in which their surnames are recorded. Some of the surnames discussed in this paper are Atlaban, Murat, Kushan, Pagyan, Kengyel (Kangar/Kankali/Kangly), Kanger (Kangar/Kankali/Kangly), Sumar (Sumer/Shumer), Shumar (Shumer), Karaba (Karabai), Radman, and many others.
Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and Princess Diana were all descendants of Gerald de Windsor and Princess Nest of Wales. For hundreds of years the origin of the ancestors of Gerald de Windsor has been debated, with some arguing that they were Anglo-Normans, and others arguing that they were originally from Florence, Tuscany, and were Italian. This paper, which includes a full bibliography, makes sense out of the confusion created by all the others who wrote on the subject of the ancestry of the Geraldines, and answers the question of their origin. Joseph Amyot Padjan presents new facts and discusses primary documents that have been overlooked or ignored by other researchers, including documents written in the Italian language.
A paper on Symphorose Ouaouagoukoué and the origin of the Illini (and other Algonquian tribes). This paper includes the DNA test results of Anne A. Lohman (née Raymond), descendant of Symphorose Ouaouagoukoué.
A short paper on Nathaniel Ayres•Ayers and a few of his descendants. The main purpose of this paper is to show that Nathaniel Ayres•Ayers was not a member of the Eyre family of Bromham, Wiltshire, England.