Penisten History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Penisten surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place named Penistone near Sheffield, in South Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Penisten family
The surname Penisten was first found in South Yorkshire at Penistone, a market town and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Pengestone.  By 1199, the place name was known as Peningeston. The name probably meant "farmstead by a hill called Penning," from the Celtic "penn," meaning hill + the Old English "-ing" + "tun."  One of the earliest records of the surname was Sir Gyles Penyston ( fl. 13th century), whose ancestors held a family seat in Cornwall and is an ancestor of the Penyston Baronets. Aanother early reference of the name is "Thomas de Penyston, who is said to have flourished at Truro, co. Cornwall, in the reign of the Conqueror." 
Early History of the Penisten family
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Penisten Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Penniston, Pennyston, Penestone, Peneystone, Peneyston, Penyston and many more.
Early Notables of the Penisten family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Thomas Penyston, 1st Baronet (1591–1642), English politician, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1637 and 1640, Member of Parliament for Westbury in 1640; and his son, Sir Thomas Penyston, 2nd...
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Migration of the Penisten family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicholas Pennistone, who settled in Maryland in 1666; Sarah Pennistone, who settled in Maryland in 1666; Jno Pennistone, who arrived in Virginia in 1687.
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.