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

The Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the English Channel to the south borders Cornwall, the homeland to the Pinnix family name. Even though the usage of surnames was common during the Middle Ages, all English people were known only by a single name in early times. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Pinnix family originally lived in Cornwall, in the parish of St. Pinnock.

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Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Pinnock, Pincock, Pinnick, Pinock, Pinoke and others.

First found in Cornwall 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 Pinnix research. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinnix History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Pinnix:

Pinnix Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Edgar Hamilton Pinnix, who arrived in America, in 1912
  • William G. Pinnix, aged 24, who arrived in Philadephia, in 1918

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  • Amir Pinnix (b. 1985), American former college football running back


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The Pinnix Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pinnix 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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