The Peniston surname is a habitational name, taken on from the place named Penistone near Sheffield, in South Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Peniston family
The surname Peniston 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the earliest records of the surname was Sir Gyles Penyston ( fl.
13th century), whose ancestors held a family seat
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Peniston family
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Peniston Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Penniston, Pennyston, Penestone, Peneystone, Peneyston, Penyston and many more.
Early Notables of the Peniston 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peniston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peniston family to the New World and Oceana
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Peniston (post 1700)
- James Peniston (b. 1973), American sculptor, best known for his bronze works including the Gregor Mendel (1998) and Keys To Community (2007)
- Cherylin Naylor Peniston (b. 1948), American politician, Member of the Colorado House of Representatives (2007-)
- Cecelia Veronica "CeCe" Peniston (b. 1969), American R&B singer and former beauty queen
- Jared Peniston (b. 1982), Bermudian soccer player
- Captain Robert C. Peniston (1922-2014), United States Navy officer, commander of the battleship USS New Jersey