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Pendarve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Pendarve. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Pendarve family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Pendarve is a local type of surname and the Pendarve family lived in Cornwall, in the ancient village of Pendarvey.

Early Origins of the Pendarve family


The surname Pendarve was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Camborne. Few early records of the family exist and it is not until about the year 1520 that we find Thomas Pendarves seated at Camborne.

Early History of the Pendarve family


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Pendarve Spelling Variations


Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Pendarves, Pendarvs, Pendarvus, Pentarves, Pentarvis and many more.

Early Notables of the Pendarve family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Pendarve family to the New World and Oceana


Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pendarve were Lawrence Pentarvis who landed in America in 1750.

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