The ancestry of the name Penningt dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Pennington.
Penningt 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 Penningt family
The surname Penningt 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 Penningt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penningt research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1783, 1552, 1558, 1565, 1599, 1655, 1730, 1584, 1661, 1640, 1653, 1642, 1616 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Penningt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Penningt Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Penningt have been found, including Pennington, Penington and others.
Early Notables of the Penningt 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 Penningt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Penningt family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Penningt, or a variant listed above: 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 Penningt 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.