The many generations and branches of the Penighan family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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 Penighan family
The surname Penighan 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 Penighan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penighan 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 Penighan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Penighan Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Penighan were recorded, including Pennyman, Penniman, Penyman and others.
Early Notables of the Penighan 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 Penighan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Penighan family to Ireland
Some of the Penighan 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 Penighan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Penighan family emigrate to North America: 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 Penighan 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.