In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Pennalton surname lived in the chapelry of Pendleton found in the parish of Eccles in Lancashire
. The Pennalton 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 Pennalton family
The surname Pennalton 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 Pennalton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pennalton research.Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 155 and 1557 are included under the topic Early Pennalton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pennalton Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Pennalton are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pennalton include: Pendleton, Pendelton and others.
Early Notables of the Pennalton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pennalton family to Ireland
Some of the Pennalton 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 Pennalton family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pennalton 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.