The origins of the Penhan surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Penhan began when someone in that family worked as a person who worked as the servant for Penn.
The name may also be derived from their work as local
treasurers or pennymasters
who were in charge of the Mint.
Early Origins of the Penhan family
The surname Penhan was first found in Somerset
where one of the first records of the name was Simon Penyman in the Assize Rolls of Somerset
in 1268. Others include: William Peniman in the Hundredorum Rolls
of Cambridge in 1279; and Ralph Paniman or Panyman was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Penhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penhan research.Another 402 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1569, 1628, 1664, 1628, 1607, 1643, 1635, 1636, 1643, 1608, 1679, 1642, 1708, 1702, 1661, 1745, 1695, 1778 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Penhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Penhan Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Penhan has appeared include Pennyman, Penniman, Penyman and others.
Early Notables of the Penhan family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Pennyman (died 1628), a Clerk in Chancery, he held a third of the Manor of Marske, Yorkshire; and his illegitimate son, Sir William Pennyman (1607-1643), an English landowner, soldier and politician, High Sheriff
(1635-1636), he died of... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penhan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Penhan family to Ireland
Some of the Penhan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Penhan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Penhan arrived in North America very early: James Penniman, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630, with his wife Lydia; as well as Jane Penniman and her husband, who settled in Boston in 1679..
The Penhan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fortiter et fideliter
Motto Translation: Boldly and faithfully.