Pender History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pender is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who worked as the Pinder which referred to the individual who impounded stray cattle. During the Middle Ages there was rampant theft of livestock, which made the Pinder a very important member of the community. [1] The variant Pounder was used interchangeably with Pinder. [2]

Early Origins of the Pender family

The surname Pender was first found in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire where the name has appeared "for six centuries, and occurs in both counties as Le Pinder in the reign of Edward I." [3]

"The Pindar (or Pinder) of Wakefield (George a Green) is the subject of one of the Robin Hood ballads. "

"She doth not only think of lusty Robin Hood, But of his merry man, the Pindar of the Town Of Wakefield, George a Greene.- Drayton, Poly-Olbion, xxviii, 70-2." [2]

Interestingly, the Hundredorum Rolls had only two entries for the family and both were in the aforementioned counties: Hugh le Pinder, Lincolnshire; and Walter le Pinder, Nottinghamshire. [1] The Excerpta e Rotulis Finium in Turri Londinensi listed John le Pindere while the Writs of Parliament c. 1300 listed Henry le Pynder

Early History of the Pender family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pender research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1749, 1565, 1650, 1693, 1694, 1680 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Pender History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pender Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pender has appeared include Pinder, Pynder, Pyndar, Pendar, Pindar, Pinner, Pinter, Pender and many more.

Early Notables of the Pender family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Paul Pindar (c. 1565-1650), English diplomat, born at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. "The family is said to have been long resident in Wellingborough." [4] Sir Peter Pindar, of Idinshaw...
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Pender Ranking

In the United States, the name Pender is the 4,716th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [5]


United States Pender migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pender arrived in North America very early:

Pender Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edzard Pender, who landed in Virginia in 1726 [6]
  • Fredrich Pender, aged 33, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [6]
  • Mathias Pender, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740 [6]
  • Jacob Pender, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [6]
Pender Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Pender, aged 17, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1845 [6]
  • Thomas Pender, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1845 [6]
  • Joseph Pender, aged 25, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1845 [6]
  • John and Bridget Pender, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1850
  • John Pender, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1864 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pender Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Pender, (b. 1881), aged 24, Cornish carpenter, from Mousehole, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 26th March 1905 en route to Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA [7]

Canada Pender migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pender Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elenor Pender, who landed in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1807 [8]
  • John Pender, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1831 [8]
  • Mary Pender, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1836

Australia Pender migration to Australia +

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

Pender Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Pender, (b. 1804), aged 40, Irish ploughman who was convicted in County Laois (Queens County), Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Patrick Pender, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa" [10]
  • Eliza Pender, aged 21, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Margaret Pender, aged 17, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Margaret Pender, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pender 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:

Pender Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Pender, (b. 1850), aged 24, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [11]
  • Mrs. Margaret Pender, (b. 1852), aged 22, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [11]
  • Mr. Robert Pender, (b. 1873), aged 10 months, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Varuna" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 27th May 1874 [11]
  • James W. Pender, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Mr. Jason W. Pender, (b. 1856), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 15th October 1878 aboard the ship "Maraval" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th January 1879 [12]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pender (post 1700) +

  • Joseph William "Dad" Pender (1875-1969), American football coach and university professor
  • David Pender (b. 1987), American football cornerback
  • Harold Pender (1879-1959), American academic, author, and inventor
  • Melvin "Mel" Pender Jr. (b. 1937), former American Olympic athlete
  • William Dorsey Pender (1834-1863), American soldier, one of the youngest and most promising generals fighting for the Confederacy; he was mortally wounded on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Mark "The Loveman" Pender (b. 1957), American trumpet player and vocalist
  • Tom Pender (b. 1945), retired American college basketball head coach
  • Paul Pender (1930-2003), American middleweight boxer
  • Mike Pender (b. 1942), English founding member of Merseybeat group the Searchers
  • John Patrick Pender (b. 1963), retired English professional footballer who played from 1981 to 1999
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Anna  Pender (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [13]


The Pender 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: Ex fide fortis
Motto Translation: Strong though faith.


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  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  8. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  10. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Europa 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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