Pearn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pearn family

The surname Pearn was first found in Oxfordshire 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 year 1259 when Henry and Reginald Perle held a family seat in Oseney in that shire.

Important Dates for the Pearn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pearn research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Pearn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pearn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Perle, Pearl, Pearle, Pear, Parl, Perl, Purl, Purle, Pearlman, Perlman and many more.

Early Notables of the Pearn family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Pearn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pearn migration to Australia

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

Pearn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Pearn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [1]
  • Kezia Pearn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australian" in 1837 [1]
  • William Pearn, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"
  • Louisa Pearn, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Mr. John Pearn, (b. 1865), aged 16, Cornish labourer travelling aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 28th April 1881 [2]

Pearn 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:

Pearn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary E. Pearn, aged 19, a dairymaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Miss Mary E. Pearn, (b. 1865), aged 19, Cornish dairy woman departing on 29th January 1884 aboard the ship "Ionic" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th March 1884 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pearn (post 1700)

    Historic Events for the Pearn family

    HMS Cornwall
    • Kenneth Roy Pearn (d. 1942), British Boy 1st Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]
    HMS Prince of Wales

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    Citations

    1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SOUTH AUSTRALIAN 1837-1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837SouthAustralian.htm
    2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf
    3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
    4. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
    5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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