Penberthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Penberthy is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having 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 Penberthy surname lived by the barley farm near a hill.

Early Origins of the Penberthy family

The surname Penberthy 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 Penberthy family

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Penberthy Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Penberthy has been recorded under many different variations, including Pemberton, Pembertone, Pembartone, Pambarton and others.

Early Notables of the Penberthy 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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United States Penberthy migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Penberthy or a variant listed above:

Penberthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Lily Penberthy, (b. 1882), aged 17, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th October 1899 en route to Kingman, Arizona, USA [2]
Penberthy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. James Henry Penberthy, (b. 1883), aged 21, Cornish blacksmith, from Ludgvan, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th May 1904 en route to Calumet, Michigan, USA [2]
  • Mr. Henry Penberthy, (b. 1881), aged 24, Cornish miner, from Hayle, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Caronia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 7th June 1905 en route to Ishpeming, Michigan, USA [2]

Australia Penberthy migration to Australia +

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

Penberthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Penberthy, aged 27, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [3]
  • James Penberthy, aged 23, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • James Penberthy, aged 26, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • James Pearce Penberthy, aged 23, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
  • Thomas Penberthy, aged 28, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
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New Zealand Penberthy 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:

Penberthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Charlotte Penberthy, (b. 1834), aged 28, Cornish dairy woman departing on 18th December 1862 aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [4]
  • Miss Ellen Penberthy, (b. 1858), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 18th December 1862 aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [4]
  • Mrs. Grace Penberthy, (b. 1803), aged 59, Cornish settler departing on 18th December 1862 aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [4]
  • Miss Henrietta Penberthy, (b. 1833), aged 29, Cornish domestic servant departing on 18th December 1862 aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [4]
  • Mr. Henry Penberthy, (b. 1802), aged 60, Cornish carpenter departing on 18th December 1862 aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Penberthy (post 1700) +

  • Beverly Penberthy (b. 1949), American actress and producer, known for Another World (1964), As the World Turns (1956) and Judas Kiss (1998)
  • Mike Penberthy (b. 1974), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Bryan Penberthy (b. 1976), American poet, winner of the National Poetry Review Book Prize (2007)
  • Anthony Leonard "Tony" Penberthy (b. 1969), retired First Class cricketer with Northamptonshire CCC
  • Bob Penberthy, English retired rugby union player
  • James Penberthy AM (1917-1999), Australian composer and journalist, founder of the School of Arts at Southern Cross University
  • David Penberthy, Australian former editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml
  4. ^ 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


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