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Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

The name Penland is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived near an area that was referred to as the Penn. The surname Penland is a toponymic surname which described where the original bearer held land. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words penn, meaning an area that housed stray animals and penn which referred to a hill.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Penland are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Penland include: Penn, Pen, Penner and others.

First found in Buckingham where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penland research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1670, 1327, 1644, 1718, 1621, 1670, 1644, 1718, 1674, 1696, 1681 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Penland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 149 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Penland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Penland or a variant listed above:

Penland Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Edward Penland, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States, in 1902
  • Herman Penland, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1902
  • Ralph D. Penland, who emigrated to America, in 1916
  • Dent Penland, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1923

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dum clarum rectum teneam
Motto Translation: May I keep the line of right as well as of glory.

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  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Penland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penland 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.

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