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Where did the English Pinder family come from? When did the Pinder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pinder family history?

The name Pinder comes from one of the family having worked as a person who worked as the Pinder which referred to the individual who impounded stray cattle. During the Middle Ages there was rampant theft of livestock, which made the Pinder a very important member of the community.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pinder have been found, including: Pinder, Pynder, Pyndar, Pendar, Pindar, Pinner, Pinter, Pender and many more.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinder research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1538 is included under the topic Early Pinder History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Pinder, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Pinder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joanna Pinder, aged 14, arrived in America in 1635
  • Katherin Pinder, aged 10, landed in New England in 1635
  • Catherine and Joanna Pinder settled in New England in 1635 with their parents
  • Edward Pinder, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Mat Pinder, who arrived in Virginia in 1675

Pinder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Pinder, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • George and Thomas Pinder settled in Maryland in 1775

Pinder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Lake Pinder, who landed in Barbados in 1808
  • Ridley Pinder, aged 16, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • Sophia Pinder, aged 6, landed in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • Martha Pinder, aged 11, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846
  • Mary Pinder, aged 35, landed in Key West, Fla in 1846

Pinder Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Pinder settled in Bona Vista, Newfoundland in 1791

Pinder Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alice M Pinder, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Pinder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Pinder, aged 35, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"


  • Technician Fifth Grade John J Pinder Jr. (1912-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 for his actions in World War II during the Battle of Normandy
  • Thomas J. Pinder, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 9th District, 1881-83
  • Irving Pinder, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 1998
  • George N. Pinder, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940
  • George Pinder (1841-1903), English first-class cricketer
  • John James "Jack" Pinder (1912-2004), English footballer who played from 1932 to 1948 for York City
  • Michael Thomas "Mike" Pinder (b. 1941), English rock musician, founding member and original keyboard player of the British rock group the The Moody Blues
  • Steven Pinder (b. 1963), English actor, known for his roles in Brookside (1982), Foxy Lady (1982) and Double Scotch & Wry (1987)
  • Lucy Katherine Pinder (b. 1983), English glamour model
  • Leslie Joyce Hall Pinder (b. 1948), née Hall, a Canadian lawyer and writer




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