Pankhirst is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Pankhirst family once lived in the region of Parkhurst
or wood in the park.
Pankhirst is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Pankhirst family
The surname Pankhirst was first found in Herefordshire
where Sir Osbern Pentecost (died 1054), a Norman knight who followed Edward the Confessor to England
built the castle at Ewyas, one of the first Motte and Bailey structures in England
. He like many other Normans
was banished from England
so he secured safe passage to Scotland
in 1052 but was later killed at the Battle of Dunsinane.
Early History of the Pankhirst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pankhirst research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1635, 1511, 1574, 1560, 1569, 1636, 1635, 1636, 1603, 1651, 1625, 1651, 1674 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Pankhirst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pankhirst Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pankhirst family name include Parkhurst, Pankhurst and others.
Early Notables of the Pankhirst family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Emily Pankhurst, Suffragette; John Parkhurst (c.
1511-1574), an English Marian exile and later Bishop of Norwich in 1560; Sir Robert Parkhurst (c.1569-1636), an English merchant who was Lord Mayor of... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pankhirst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pankhirst family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Pankhirst surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Anthony Parkhurst settled in Virginia in 1635; George Parkhurst settled in New England
in 1630; John Parkhurst settled in Maryland in 1774.