The proud Pendarvus family originated in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Pendarvus family originally lived in Cornwall, in the ancient village of Pendarvey.
Early Origins of the Pendarvus family
The surname Pendarvus 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 Pendarvus family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pendarvus research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1819, 1622, 1656 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Pendarvus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pendarvus 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 Pendarvus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pendarvus family to Ireland
Some of the Pendarvus family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pendarvus family to the New World and Oceana
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Pendarvus were found: Lawrence Pentarvis who landed in America in 1750.