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The surname is most likely a habitation name derived from the place named Pendle Forest, Lancashire.

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The surname Pendley was first found in Hertfordshire at Pendley, a rarely referenced village near Tring. The village dates back to about the 4th century and is home to Pendley Manor which dates back to about the same time. According to legend, the ancient manor was ceased by William the Conqueror and passed to his brother in law, Robert, Earl of Moretain. From that early reference, it passed through many hands having many restorations to become a hotel and conference center today. As far as the surname is concerned, one of the first listings of the ancient name was in Leicester where Richard Pendorayl was first listed in the year 1253 on the list of Seals given to the Knights of Leicester.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pendle, Penthill, Penderell, Pemble and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pendley research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1787, 1591 and 1623 are included under the topic Early Pendley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pendley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Allan W. Pendley, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Thomas H. Pendley, aged 18, who emigrated to America, in 1915
  • Ernest Pendley, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1922

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  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Pendley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pendley 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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