The surname Pannifer is derived from the Old English words "penig," which means "penny," and "fæder," which means "father." The surname Pannifer was a nickname
for a person noted for uncompromising frugality, which then became a hereditary surname. Some instances of the surname may be have derived from the name of the manor of Pontfathew in Merioneth.
Early Origins of the Pannifer family
The surname Pannifer was first found in Merionethshire
(Welsh: Sir Feirionnydd), made a county in Northwest Wales
in 1284, and anciently part of the kingdom of Gwynedd, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Pannifer family
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Pannifer Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Pannifer have included Pennefather, Penniefather, Penyfather, Pennyfadyr and many more.
Early Notables of the Pannifer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pannifer family to Ireland
Some of the Pannifer family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 142 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pannifer family to the New World and Oceana
began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Pannifer:
Pannifer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Clarrissa Pannifer, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1923
Pannifer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Pannifer, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
The Pannifer Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: I abyde my tyme
Motto Translation: I byde my time.