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Where did the English Pankhurst family come from? What is the English Pankhurst family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pankhurst family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pankhurst family history?


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pankhurst has appeared include Pankhurst, Panckhurst, Pankcoast, Pancrust, Pancrest, Penkhurst, Penkerst, Pankerst, Pencoast, Pencrust, Pankurst, Pinkhurst, Penckhurst and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pankhurst research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1076, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Pankhurst History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Pankhurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pankhurst arrived in North America very early:

Pankhurst Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Pankhurst, age 16, who was on record in Boston in 1635

Pankhurst Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Pankhurst, who settled in Maryland in 1761
  • Francis Pankhurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1774

Pankhurst Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Pankhurst, who settled in New York, NY in 1855
  • Eliza Pankhurst, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • George Pankhurst, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
  • William Pankhurst, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • John Pankhurst and Stephen Pankhurst, who were on record in Illinois in 1856


  • Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), English suffragette
  • Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), English feminist activist, daughter of suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960), English campaigner for the suffragist movement in the United Kingdom
  • Richard Marsden Pankhurst (1834-1898), reformer and politician
  • Henry J. Pankhurst (1884-1921), British athlete, who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
  • Richard Keir Pethick Pankhurst OBE (b. 1927), British academic


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The Pankhurst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pankhurst Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 22 March 2013 at 08:34.

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