Show ContentsPendleton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Pendleton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Pendleton family lived in the chapelry of Pendleton found in the parish of Eccles in Lancashire. The Pendleton surname was originally derived from the Old English word pendle which means hill. It was also derived from the Old English word ton which refers to a farm or homestead. Therefore the original bearers of the name lived by the farm that was situated on a hill.

Early Origins of the Pendleton family

The surname Pendleton was first found in Lancashire at Pendleton, a small village and civil parish in Ribble Valley which dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Peniltune and literally meant "farmstead by the hill call Penn (Pendle Hill)" having derived from the Celtic word penn (for hill) + tun. [1] Pendleton is also an inner city area of Salford, Greater Manchester, again historically in Lancashire. For both locations various spellings of the villages were found: Penelton in 1199, Pennelton in 1212, Penilton in 1236, Penhulton in 1331 and Penulton in 1356 before settling on the current spelling about 1600 or so.

Early History of the Pendleton family

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Pendleton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pendleton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pendleton include: Pendleton, Pendelton and others.

Early Notables of the Pendleton family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Henry Pendleton (died 1557), an English churchman, a theologian,controversialist and chaplain to Bishop Edmund Bonner

Pendleton Ranking

In the United States, the name Pendleton is the 1,835th most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Pendleton family to Ireland

Some of the Pendleton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pendleton migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pendleton or a variant listed above:

Pendleton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bryan Pendleton who settled in New England in 1630
  • Bryan Pendleton, who landed in New England in 1634 [3]
  • Mr. Wm Pendleton, aged 27, who arrived in Bermuda, (Somers Islands) in 1635 aboard the ship "Truelove" [4]
  • James Pendleton, who landed in Portsmouth in 1671 [3]
  • Philip Pendleton, who landed in Virginia in 1674 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pendleton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Pendleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • Henry Pendleton, who arrived in Virginia in 1722 [3]
  • Samuel Pendleton, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1774
Pendleton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Otis Pendleton, who settled in Boston in 1823
  • John Pendleton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • Willemina Pendleton, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • William Pendleton, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [3]
  • B. H. Pendleton, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pendleton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. S. Pendleton, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Elizabeth Pendleton, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Francis Pendleton, aged 39, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Cora Pendleton, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Francis D. Pendleton, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Pendleton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pendleton Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Stephen Pendleton U.E. (b. 1763) born in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA from Long Island [Islesboro], Maine, USA who settled in Deer Island, West Isles Parish, Charlotte County, New Brunswick. c. 1793 he enlisted in 1775 serving in King's Rangers 1st Battalion, Capt., Edward Mainwarings Company, married twice having 12 children, he died in 1845 [5]

New Zealand Pendleton 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:

Pendleton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Captain Pendleton, British settler travelling from Calcutta aboard the ship "Rose M" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st March 1874 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pendleton (post 1700) +

  • Louis Christopher Pendleton (1931-2007), American dentist, businessman, and civil rights leader in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Brigadier-General Randolph Tucker Pendleton (1889-1973), American Commandant of Anti-Aircraft Artillery Training Center (1944-1945) [7]
  • Charles Frank Pendleton (1931-1953), American soldier during the Korean War, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on July 16, and July 17, 1953
  • Edmund J. Pendleton (1899-1987), American composer
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Swift "Sandie" Pendleton (1840-1864), American Confederate officer on the staff of Generals Thomas J. Jackson, Richard S. Ewell and Jubal A. Early
  • Randall George "Randy" Pendleton (1937-2009), American businessman and politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1963 to 1969
  • James Edward Pendleton (1924-1996), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1953 to 1962
  • Freddie Pendleton (b. 1963), American retired professional lightweight boxer, USBA Lightweight champion (1987-1990), IBF Lightweight World champion (1993-1994)
  • William Nelson Pendleton (1809-1883), American teacher, Episcopal priest, and Confederate general during the American Civil War, eponym of Camp Pendleton, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Austin Pendleton (b. 1940), American film, television, and stage actor
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  5. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  7. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Randolph Pendleton. Retrieved from on Facebook