The ancestry of the name Penelton dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the chapelry of Pendleton found in the parish of Eccles in Lancashire
. The Penelton 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 Penelton family
The surname Penelton 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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 Penelton family
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Penelton Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Penelton have been found, including Pendleton, Pendelton and others.
Early Notables of the Penelton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Penelton family to Ireland
Some of the Penelton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Penelton family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Penelton, or a variant listed above: Bryan Pendleton who settled in New England
in 1630; Mary Pendleton and her husband settled in Boston in 1679; Otis Pendleton settled in Boston in 1823.