Penhall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Penhall family

The surname Penhall was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Penhallow.

"The principal villages in this parish, besides the church town, are Fraddon, Penhale, and Summercourt. At Penhale, or Pen Haile, [in the parish of St. Enoder] which signifies the head of the moor, are the original fountains or springs of two rivers, which find their way to the sea on the two opposite sides of the county; one discharging its waters at Tresilian, and the other meeting the ocean at Lower St. Columb Porth." [1] At Sommercourt, September 25th is the date of Penhale Fair, and was originally held at Penhale.

"Penhallow, which was anciently a seat of a family thus named, is now a farm house, the property of their descendant, John Penhallow Peters, Esq. whose seat is at Crigumurrion in this parish. " [1]

Early History of the Penhall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penhall research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1079, 1142, 1149 and 1162 are included under the topic Early Penhall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Penhall Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Penhallow, Penollow, Penholow, Penhalow, Penholoow, Penhalo, Penaloe, Penalloe, Penhalloe, Penhaloe, Penhalley and many more.

Early Notables of the Penhall family (pre 1700)

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Australia Penhall migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Penhall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Penhall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [2]
  • William Penhall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [2]
  • Absolam Penhall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eliza" in 1849 [3]
  • Absolom Penhall, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Eliza" [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Penhall, (b. 1810), aged 39, Cornish farm labourer travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Penhall 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:

Penhall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Penhall, aged 21, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mr. Frederk Penhall, (b. 1854), aged 21, Cornish mason's labourer departing on 21st August 1875 aboard the ship "Inverness" going to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand arriving in port on 28th November 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Penhall (post 1700) +

  • Bruce Lee Penhall (b. 1957), retired American motorcycle speedway racer, five-time world champion in the 1980s
  • William Penhall (1858-1882), English mountaineer who died in a avalanche on the Wetterhorn
  • Joe Penhall (b. 1967), British playwright and screenwriter


  1. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELIZA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Eliza.htm
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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