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Where did the English Pennington family come from? What is the English Pennington family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pennington family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pennington family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Pennington comes from the family having resided in the region of Pennington. Pennington 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.


Pennington has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Pennington, Penington and others.

First found in Lancashire at Pennington where the first record of the surname was Gamel de Pennington, seated at Pennington in the period of the Conquest. 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. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pennington research. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1730, 1584, 1661, 1640, 1653, 1642, 1616 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Pennington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pennington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Penningtons to arrive on North American shores:

Pennington Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John and Robert Pennington, who arrived in Virginia in 1606
  • Wm Pennington, aged 18, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • Henry Pennington, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Alice Pennington, who arrived in Maryland in 1674
  • Rachel Pennington, who arrived in Maryland in 1677

Pennington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John and Sarah Pennington, who arrived in Baltimore in 1775

Pennington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza A Pennington, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1864
  • George Pennington, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1865

Pennington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Pennington, aged 46, who emigrated to America from Kent, in 1903
  • Ch. John Pennington, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from St. Helens, England, in 1913
  • Catherine Pennington, aged 58, who landed in America from Stafford, England, in 1914
  • Alfred Pennington, aged 19, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Alfred Pennington, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1919

Pennington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Pennington, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Vincent Spencer Pennington, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Pennington arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • William Pennington arrived in Sydney aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • David Pennington, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia

Pennington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Pennington arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Margaret Pennington, aged 25, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884


  • Chad Pennington (b. 1976), American football quarterback
  • Irene Wells Pennington (1898-2003), American widow of a Claude B. "Doc" Pennington, a wealthy oilman from Louisiana had an estimated fortune of $600 million in the late 1990's
  • James Pennington, American musician and DJ
  • James WC Pennington (1809-1870), American minister and abolitionist
  • John L Pennington (1821-1900), American politician, Governor of Dakota Territory
  • Ann Pennington (1893-1971), American actor
  • Robert Pennington, American educational psychologist, Professor at several universities
  • James Chadwick Pennington (b. 1976), American football NFL quarterback
  • Alexander Cummings McWhorter Pennington Jr., (1838-1917), American brigadier general, veteran of both the American Civil War and Spanish-American Wars
  • Ann Pennington (1893-1971), American actress, dancer, and singer in the Ziegfeld Follies



  • With Their Own Bloos: a Saga of Southwestern Pioneers by Virginia Culin Roberts.
  • Ancestors & Descendants of Wheeler Pennington: Monroe County West Virginia by Richard Allan Blake.

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.


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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  11. ...

The Pennington Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pennington Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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