Pannell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Pannell family. The root of their name is the personal name Payne. Pannell is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Although this interpretation of the etymology of the surname Pannell is uncertain, it is generally accepted at the present time.

Early Origins of the Pannell family

The surname Pannell was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Pannell family

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Pannell Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Pannell has been spelled Pagan, Paganell, Paganel, Pagnell and others.

Early Notables of the Pannell family (pre 1700)

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United States Pannell migration to the United States +

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pannells to arrive in North America:

Pannell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marga Pannell, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
Pannell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John B Pannell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799 [1]
  • Joseph Pannell, who landed in Mississippi in 1799 [1]
Pannell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Pannell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
Pannell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Laurina Pannell, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1905
  • William Henry Pannell, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Brighton, England, in 1907
  • Henry Pannell, aged 26, who landed in America from Lin Hants, England, in 1911
  • Alfred Wm. Pannell, aged 41, who landed in America from Armstong, England, in 1914
  • Robert Pannell, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Pannell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pannell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • W Pannell, who landed in Montreal in 1832
  • William Pannell, who arrived in Montreal in 1832
Pannell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • John Pannell, aged 4, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1919
  • Rowena G. Pannell, aged 31, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1919

Australia Pannell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pannell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Pannell, aged 34, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Punjab"

New Zealand Pannell migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pannell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Harry Pannell, aged 21, a shoemaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Pannell (post 1700) +

  • Charles A. Pannell Jr. (b. 1946), United States federal judge
  • Mrs. Diane Jean Pannell B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Amateur Music Making in the community in Suffolk
  • Troy Pannell (b. 1976), Australian rules football field umpire
  • Norman Alfred Pannell FCIS (1901-1976), British finance manager and Conservative politician
  • Thomas Charles Pannell (1902-1980), Baron Pannell, a British Labour Party politician

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. T H Pannell, British Sub Lieutenant, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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