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Pernell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the Pernell family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.


Early Origins of the Pernell family


The surname Pernell was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Wickwar from very ancient times. Wickwar was shown in the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066. The holder of Wickwar at this time is not known to us but we do know that the Queen gave the village to Humphrey the Chamberlain.

Early History of the Pernell family


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Pernell Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Purnel, Purnell, Pernel, Pernell and others.

Early Notables of the Pernell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Pernell family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pernell or a variant listed above were: John, Marg, and Richard Purnell who settled in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Purnell settled in Virginia in 1635; William Purnell settled in Barbados in 1685.

Contemporary Notables of the name Pernell (post 1700)


  • Pernell Whitaker (b. 1964), nicknamed "Sweet Pea," retired American professional boxer, former WBA Light Middleweight Champion

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