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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.


The surname Pennington 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," [1] 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. [2]

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pennington 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 Pennington History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 153 words (11 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 Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Pennington U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

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


  • Brad Lee Pennington (b. 1969), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ann Pennington (1893-1971), American actress, dancer, and singer in the Ziegfeld Follies
  • Alexander Cummings McWhorter Pennington Jr., (1838-1917), American brigadier general, veteran of both the American Civil War and Spanish-American Wars
  • John L Pennington (1821-1900), American politician, Governor of Dakota Territory
  • 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 WC Pennington (1809-1870), American minister and abolitionist
  • James Pennington, American musician and DJ
  • James Chadwick Pennington (b. 1976), American football NFL quarterback
  • Robert Pennington, American educational psychologist, Professor at several universities
  • Ann Pennington (1893-1971), American actor



  • 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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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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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