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The surname Pankhurst was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pankhurst has appeared include Pankhurst, Panckhurst, Pankcoast, Pancrust, Pancrest, Penkhurst, Penkerst, Pankerst, Pencoast, Pencrust, Pankurst, Pinkhurst, Penckhurst and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pankhurst research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1076, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Pankhurst History in all our PDF Extended History products
More information is included under the topic Early Pankhurst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pankhurst arrived in North America very early:
Pankhurst Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Anne Pankhurst, age 16, who was on record in Boston in 1635
Pankhurst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Pankhurst, who settled in Maryland in 1761
- Francis Pankhurst, who arrived in Virginia in 1774
Pankhurst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Eliza Pankhurst, who settled in New York, NY in 1855
- Eliza Pankhurst, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1855
- George Pankhurst, aged 19, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
- William Pankhurst, aged 36, landed in New York, NY in 1855
- John Pankhurst and Stephen Pankhurst, who were on record in Illinois in 1856
Pankhurst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Pankhurst, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"
Pankhurst Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Frederick Pankhurst, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
- Stephen Pankhurst, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Ellen Pankhurst, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Charles Pankhurst, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
- Naomi Pankhurst, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
- Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960), English campaigner for the suffragist movement in the United Kingdom
- Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), English feminist activist, daughter of suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst
- Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), English suffragette
- Richard Keir Pethick Pankhurst OBE (b. 1927), British academic
- Henry J. Pankhurst (1884-1921), British athlete, who competed at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London
- Richard Marsden Pankhurst (1834-1898), reformer and politician
- Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Pankhurst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pankhurst 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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