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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.

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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]

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pemberton research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1595, 1611, 1560, 1624 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Pemberton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 came to Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Pemberton, his wife and two children settled in Barbados in 1630
  • James Pemberton, who arrived in New England in 1630
  • John Pemberton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Cornelius Pemberton, who landed in Virginia in 1666


Pemberton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Israel Pemberton, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Edward Pemberton, aged 30, arrived in Virginia in 1773
  • Robert Pemberton, who arrived in Nevis in 1786

Pemberton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ricard Pemberton, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1851
  • Johnson Pemberton, who arrived in Iowa in 1884

Pemberton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. James Pemberton U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786

Pemberton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Pemberton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • William Pemberton arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849
  • Edward Pemberton, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk"

Pemberton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Arthur W. Pemberton arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859

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  • Brock Pemberton (1953-2016), American Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets in 1974 and 1975
  • John Stith Pemberton (1831-1888), American druggist best known for being the inventor of Coca-Cola
  • Steve Pemberton (b. 1967), English actor, comedian, writer, and performer
  • Mr. Albert Pemberton, British Musician from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Sir Max Pemberton (1863-1950), British novelist
  • Caroline Louise Clowes Pemberton (b. 1986), Australian model crowned the 2007 Miss Australia
  • Joseph Despard Pemberton (1821-1893), Canadian Surveyor General of the Colony of Vancouver Island from 1859 to 1864
  • Sophie Pemberton (1869-1959), Canadian painter
  • Brock Pemberton (1885-1950), U.S. theatrical producer and director


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  • The Hottest Water in Chicago: on Family Race, Time, and American Culture by Gayle Pemberton.
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. 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).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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