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Where did the Irish Pendergrass family come from? What is the Irish Pendergrass family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pendergrass family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pendergrass family history?

The Pendergrass surname belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are thought to have originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads in Normandy. In Ireland, the name was turned into a Gaelic form as de Priondragás; however, the name has also been replaced with MacSherone.

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Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Pendergrass, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Prendergast, Prendegast, Pendergast, Pendegast, Prendregast, Pendergrass, Pendergrist, Pender and many more.

First found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where they held a family seat from early times and were Lords of the manor of Prendergast and estates in that shire. Maurice was a great friend and neighbor of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke. He accompanied Strongbow in the Anglo\ Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172, and was rewarded with lands in Ireland in Waterford and south Mayo.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pendergrass research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1725, 1660, 1709, 1703 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Pendergrass History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pendergrass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Pendergrass:

Pendergrass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Lawrence Pendergrass, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • John Pendergrass, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Pendergrass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Pendergrass, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Patrick Pendergrass settled in Boston in 1847

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  • Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass (1950-2010), American R&B/soul singer and songwriter
  • Shane Pendergrass (b. 1950), American Democratic politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1995-)
  • Sean Pendergrass (b. 1972), American cartoonist, animator, writer, and storyboard artist, known for his work on Rugrats, The Wild Thornberry's, As Told by Ginger and many more


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  • Pendergrass of Virginia and the Carolinas, 1669-1919 by Allen Pendergast.
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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: Vincit veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers.

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The Pendergrass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pendergrass Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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