Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near an area that was referred to as the Penn. The surname Pen is a toponymic surname which described where the original bearer held land. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words penn, meaning an area that housed stray animals and penn which referred to a hill.
Early Origins of the Pen family
family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pen family
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Pen Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pen were recorded, including Penn, Pen, Penner and others.
Early Notables of the Pen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pen family to Ireland
Some of the Pen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Pen family emigrate to North America:
Pen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Pen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Pen 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: Dum clarum rectum teneam
Motto Translation: May I keep the line of right as well as of glory.
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