Penner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Penner surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived near an area that was referred to as the Penn. The surname Penner is a toponymic surname which described where the original bearer held land. In this case the surname was originally derived from the Old English words penn, meaning an area that housed stray animals and penn which referred to a hill. [1]

Early Origins of the Penner family

The surname Penner was first found in Buckingham at Penn, a parish, in the union of Amersham, hundred of Burnham. [2]

Penn is also a parish, in the union, and N. division of the hundred, of Seisdon in Staffordshire and while this parish dates back to the Domesday Book when it was known as Penne, [3] it is the former that traditionally most of the family hails.

Indeed, the family of William Penn (1644-1718), founder of the Province of Pennsylvania (today, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) traces their origin to Penn, Buckinghamshire. [4] [5]

Early History of the Penner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penner research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1670, 1327, 1644, 1718, 1621, 1670, 1644, 1718, 1674, 1696, 1681, 1720, 1741 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Penner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Penner Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Penner include Penn, Pen, Penner and others.

Early Notables of the Penner family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Penn (1621-1670), an English admiral; and his son, William Penn (1644-1718), an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker who receive a large tract of American land to satisfy a debt the king...
Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Penner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Penner family to Ireland

Some of the Penner family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Penner migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Penner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Penner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [6]
  • Henry Penner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [6]
  • Christian Penner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [6]
Penner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henrietta Penner, aged 17, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [6]
  • Heinrich Penner, aged 56, who landed in Nebraska in 1874 [6]
  • Erdman Penner, aged 9, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [6]
  • Eva Penner, aged 19, who landed in New York, NY in 1874 [6]
  • Anna Penner, aged 45, who arrived in Nebraska in 1874 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Penner migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Penner Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Penner, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
  • Bernhard Penner, who landed in Manitoba in 1875
  • David Penner, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Aaron Penner, who landed in Manitoba in 1875

New Zealand Penner migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Penner Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Penner, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia aboard the ship "Bolina" arriving in New Zealand in 1842 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Penner (post 1700) +

  • Lucille Recht Penner (b. 1942), American children's books writer
  • Jonathan Penner (b. 1940), American fiction writer
  • Jonathan Penner (b. 1962), American actor
  • Joe Penner (1904-1941), American vaudeville comedian
  • Roland Penner CM OM QC (1924-2018), Canadian lawyer and politician, Dean of Law at the University of Manitoba, MLA (1981–1988)
  • Roland Penner (b. 1924), Canadian academic and politician, former Dean of Law at the University of Manitoba
  • Julie Penner (b. 1976), Canadian violinist
  • Jim Penner (1939-2004), Canadian businessman and politician
  • Jacob Penner (1880-1965), Canadian socialist politician
  • Jack Penner, Canadian politician
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Penner 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: Dum clarum rectum teneam
Motto Translation: May I keep the line of right as well as of glory.


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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