From the land of Wales
came the name of Pennant. The surname derives from the name of the parish of Pennant, in the county of Montgomery. The surname Pennant belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Pennant family
The surname Pennant was first found in Flintshire
(Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh
Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pennant family
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Pennant Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. As a result, people could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Pennant name over the years has been spelled Pennant, Penant and others.
Early Notables of the Pennant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pennant family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Pennant:
Pennant Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Pennant, who settled in Virginia in 1698
Pennant Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Edward Pennant, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1721 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Pennant (post 1700)
- David Pennant, American judge
- Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), Welsh naturalist and antiquary born at Downing in the parish of Whitford (or Whiteford), near Holywell, Flintshire
- Richard Pennant (1737-1808), 1st Baron Penrhyn, second son of John Pennant, a Liverpool merchant, who was descended from Thomas ap Dafydd, abbot of Basingwerk in the fifteenth century; a slave owner, anti-abolitionist Member of Parliament and Irish peer
- Sir Cyril Cyril Eustace Douglas Pennant KCB CBE DSO DSC, (1894-1961), British Royal Navy officer
- Edward Sholto Douglas Pennant (1864-1927), 3rd Baron Penrhyn, was a British Conservative politician
- Commandant Violet Blanche Douglas Pennant (1869-1945), British philanthropist
- Sir Samuel Samuel Pennant (d. 1750), elected Lord Mayor of London in 1749
- Cass Pennant (b. 1958), English writer and former football hooligan
- Jermaine Lloyd Pennant (b. 1983), English footballer
The Pennant 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: Aequo animo
Motto Translation: With equanimity.