Pembroke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pembroke family

The surname Pembroke was first found in Avon 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 1350 when William Pembroke held a family seat in Bristol.

Early History of the Pembroke family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pembroke research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1417, 1455, 1487, 1662 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Pembroke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pembroke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pembroke, Penbroke, Pembrooke, Penbrooke and many more.

Early Notables of the Pembroke family (pre 1700)

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pembroke Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pembroke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pembroke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Owen Pembroke, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
Pembroke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christopher Pembroke, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1866 [1]
  • Patrick Pembroke, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1873 [1]

New Zealand Pembroke 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:

Pembroke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Pembroke, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868
  • Emma Pembroke, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1868

Contemporary Notables of the name Pembroke (post 1700) +

  • Frank Pembroke Huckins, American founder of Huckins Yacht Corporation is one of the oldest boat builders in the United States in 1854
  • Hugh Pembroke Vowles (1885-1951), British engineer, socialist and author


The Pembroke 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: Rebus in arduis constans
Motto Translation: Steep to constant


  1. ^ 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)


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