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Cornwall, one of the original six "Celtic nations" is the homeland to the surname Pengelly. A revival of the Cornish language which began in the 9th century AD has begun. No doubt this was the language spoken by distant forebears of the Pengelly family. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames were adopted in medieval England is fascinating. Many Cornish surnames appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames. The name Pengelly is a local type of surname and the Pengelly family lived in Cornwall, at the manor of Pengelly.

Pengelly Early Origins



The surname Pengelly was first found in Cornwall at Pengelly (Cornish: Penn-gelli), a hamlet now part of the village of Delabole.

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Pengelly Spelling Variations


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Pengelly Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Pengelly, Pengley, Pengelley and others.

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Pengelly Early History


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Pengelly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pengelly research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1696, 1675, 1730, 1722, 1727 and 1726 are included under the topic Early Pengelly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pengelly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pengelly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Thomas Pengelly ( fl. c.1650-1696), a wealthy British merchant who traded with the Eastern Mediterranean and the Atlantic Seaboard; he owned property in the East End of London, as well...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pengelly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pengelly were

Pengelly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Pengelly settled in Philadelphia in 1858

Pengelly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Pengelly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848
  • Elizabeth Pengelly, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Richard Pengelly, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Margaret Pengelly, aged 22, a milliner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Sarah Pengelly, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pengelly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pengelly (post 1700)



  • Edna Pengelly (1874-1959), Canadian-born, New Zealand teacher, civilian and military nurse, matron
  • Melville Pengelly (1901-1973), New Zealand cricket umpire who stood in four Test matches between 1946 and 1952
  • Jessica Evelyn Pengelly (b. 1991), South African three-time silver and two-time bronze medalist swimmer
  • Nigel Pengelly (1925-2010), Canadian politician from Alberta, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1979 to 1989
  • William Pengelly (1812-1894), British geologist and early archaeologist
  • Judge William Pengelly, Master of the Supreme Court
  • Pat Pengelly, Canadian drummer

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Pengelly Historic Events


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Pengelly Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick William Pengelly (d. 1912), aged 19, English Second Class passenger from Gunnislake, Cornwall who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    11. ...

    The Pengelly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pengelly 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 March 2016 at 14:52.

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