The ancestors of the bearers of the Penilton family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the chapelry of Pendleton found in the parish of Eccles in Lancashire
. The Penilton 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 Penilton family
The surname Penilton 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 Penilton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penilton research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Penilton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Penilton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Penilton include Pendleton, Pendelton and others.
Early Notables of the Penilton family (pre 1700)
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Penilton family to Ireland
Some of the Penilton 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 Penilton family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Penilton 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.