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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. 
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.
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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
Pennington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Pennington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Pennington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Pennington Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Pennington Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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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