The Penlington name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Pennington.
Penlington is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Penlington family
The surname Penlington was first found in Lancashire
at Pennington, a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred
of Lonsdale north of the Sands. "This place, which in Domesday Book
is styled 'Pennigetun,' belonged to a local
family, one of whom, Gamel de Pennington, was a very considerable person at the time of the Conquest. From him descended Sir John Pennington, who commanded the left wing of the army in an expedition into Scotland
under the Earl of Northumberland
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
By the time of Henry II, some of the family had branched to Muncaster in Cumberland
(now part of Cumbria) and it was here that King Henry VI was concealed by Sir John Pennington in his flight from his enemies. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Penlington family
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Penlington Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Penlington has undergone many spelling variations
, including Pennington, Penington and others.
Early Notables of the Penlington family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Penington, High Sheriff
in 1552, 1558 and 1565; Joseph Pennington of Muncaster Castle, High Sheriff
in 1599; Sir William Pennington (1655-1730), 1st Baronet; Isaac Penington (1584-1661), an English politician who... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penlington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Penlington family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Penlington were among those contributors: John Penington, who settled at St. Christopher in 1633; Charles Penington, who arrived in Virginia in 1695; William Penington, who arrived in Virginia in 1652.
The Penlington 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: Vincit amore patria
Motto Translation: My beloved country will conquer.