Pemberton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Pemberton begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the township of Pemberton which was in Wigan in the county of Lancashire. This surname was originally derived from Old Welsh and Old English terms which denoted that the original bearers of the Pemberton surname lived by the barley farm near a hill.

Early Origins of the Pemberton family

The surname Pemberton was first found in Lancashire at Pemberton, a township, in the parish and union of Wigan, hundred of West Derby. Adam de Pemberton, who held lands here, was living in the reign of Richard I. In the 34th of Edward I., another Adam de Pemberton brought an action of trespass against Thurstan de Northlegh and Matilda his wife, for cutting down his woods at Pemberton under pretext of taking estovers. [1] Another early branch of the family was found at Aislaby in Durham. "There was anciently a chapel dedicated to St. Thomas the Martyr, which was founded by William de Aslakby (now Aislaby) and Agnes his wife, in 1313; and the place was for several generations the residence of the family of Pemberton, whose mansion has been converted into an inn and several other tenements." [1]

Early History of the Pemberton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pemberton research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1611, 1560, 1694, 1771, 1624 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Pemberton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pemberton Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Pemberton has undergone many spelling variations, including Pemberton, Pembertone, Pembartone, Pambarton and others.

Early Notables of the Pemberton family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Pember (died 1560), an English classical scholar, he was a reader in Greek at Trinity College, Cambridge and taught Roger Ascham Greek. Henry Pemberton (1694-1771), was an English physician and writer from London. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society and edited some of Sir...
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Pemberton Ranking

In the United States, the name Pemberton is the 2,745th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [2]

United States Pemberton migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pemberton were among those contributors:

Pemberton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alice and John Pemberton, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Pemberton, who arrived in New England in 1630 [3]
  • John Pemberton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631 [3]
  • Cornelius Pemberton, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [3]
  • Phineas Pemberton settled with his wife Phoebe in Maryland in 1682
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pemberton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Israel Pemberton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763 [3]
  • Edward Pemberton, aged 30, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [3]
  • Robert Pemberton, who arrived in Nevis in 1786 [3]
Pemberton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ricard Pemberton, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1851 [3]
  • Johnson Pemberton, who arrived in Iowa in 1884 [3]

Canada Pemberton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pemberton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Pemberton U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 [4]

Australia Pemberton migration to Australia +

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

Pemberton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Pemberton, English convict who was convicted in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. George Pemberton, English convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "China" on 148th January 1846, arriving in Norfolk Island, Australia [6]
  • Samuel Pemberton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848 [7]
  • William Pemberton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 [8]
  • Edward Pemberton, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [9]

New Zealand Pemberton 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:

Pemberton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur W. Pemberton, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • A. W. Pemberton, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [10]

West Indies Pemberton migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Pemberton Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • James Pemberton, his wife and two children settled in Barbados in 1630

Contemporary Notables of the name Pemberton (post 1700) +

  • John Stith Pemberton (1831-1888), American druggist best known for being the inventor of Coca-Cola
  • John Clifford Pemberton (1814-1881), United States Army officer who fought in the Seminole Wars, the Mexican-American War and was a Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • Brock Pemberton (1885-1950), American theatrical producer and director, founder of the Tony Awards
  • Brock Pemberton (1953-2016), American Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets in 1974 and 1975
  • Christopher Robert Pemberton (1765-1822), English physician from Cambridgeshire, grandson of Sir Francis Pemberton, Lord Chief-Justice
  • John Pemberton (b. 1964), English former professional footballer
  • Hugh Spear Pemberton (1890-1956), English physician who first described Pemberton's sign
  • Steve Pemberton (b. 1967), English actor, comedian, writer, and performer
  • Victor Pemberton (1931-2017), British writer and television producer, known for his work on BBC radio plays and later television scripts for the BBC and ITV, including Doctor Who, The Slide and The Adventures of Black Beauty
  • Charles Reece Pemberton (1790-1840), Welsh actor and lecturer from Pontypool, Monmouthshire; he was seized by a press gang and sent to sea for seven years, but later became an actor and managed several theatres in the West Indies with some success
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Albert Pemberton, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
Hillsborough disaster
  • William Roy Pemberton (1966-1989), English student in computer sciences who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frederick Pemberton (b. 1919), English Engine Room Artificer 4th Class serving for the Royal Navy from Plumstead, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]

Suggested Readings for the name Pemberton +

  • The Hottest Water in Chicago: on Family Race, Time, and American Culture by Gayle Pemberton.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from
  6. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 5th February 2021, retrieved from
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BUSSORAH MERCHANT 1848. Retrieved from
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from
  9. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from
  13. ^ Hillsborough Victims (retreived 21st March 2021). Retreived from
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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