The Parnall name is thought to be derived from the medieval female personal name
"Peronel, Pernel, Parnell," which came from the Latin "Petronilla," or "Petronia," which was the name of an early Roman martyr. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Other sources suggest that the Parnall name is a reference to Pernelle, Normandy
, a place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. "Pernelle was near Valognes, Normandy." CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Parnall family
The surname Parnall was first found in Cheshire
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.
The township of Poulton, with Spittal was once a family seat as the manor was once held by the Parnell family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
By the time of the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the family had scattered and entries were found as both a forename and surname: Petronilla de le Le in Oxfordshire; Pernel Clere in Huntingdonshire; William Peronel and Alexander Pernel in Cambridgeshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) "The Parnells are now principally seated in Devon and Cornwall, but there are a few in Cambridgeshire." CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
Early History of the Parnall family
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Parnall Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Parnall include Parnell, Parnel, Parnall and others.
Early Notables of the Parnall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Parnall family to Ireland
Some of the Parnall family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Parnall family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Parnall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Morgan Parnall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Petrel" in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PETREL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Petrel.htm
- Anna Parnall, aged 23, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"
Parnall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- E. Parnall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Crusader" in 1882
The Parnall 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: Te digna sequere
Motto Translation: Follow worthy things.