The name Penbow has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons
ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a person employed as an archer which is derived from the Old English words bend,
which means to bend,
which means bow.
Early Origins of the Penbow family
The surname Penbow was first found in Middlesex, where they held a family seat
from the Middle Ages.
Early History of the Penbow family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penbow research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1349, 1440, 1545, 1585, 1607, 1623, 1653, 1653, 1702, 1702, 1883, 1681, 1708 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Penbow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Penbow Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Penbow has been spelled many different ways, including Benbow, Bendbow, Benbowe, Bendbowe, Benbough, Bendebowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Penbow family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Rear-Admiral John Benbow (1653-1702), whose most famous exploit took place in August 1702 when he kept up a running fight for four days with a French squadron off St Marta in the West Indies after being deserted by most of his fleet, eponym of three... Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penbow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Penbow family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Penbows to arrive in North America: Ann Benbow who sailed to Virginia in 1652.