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Early Origins of the Pennycook family

The surname Pennycook was first found in Midlothian, where the family claim descent from the barony Penicuik. "The present name of this place is supposed to be derived from a British or Gaelic word signifying "Cuckoo's hill;" and as several places in the neighbourhood also received their epithets from this bird, it is probable that it was a frequent visitor in these quarters. " [1] New Hall (New-Hall) lies on the border of a desolate moor, and was passed from the families of Crichtoune, Penicuick, and Oliphant. "The first of the family in record is William de Penycook, one of the persons directed to fix the extent of the lands of Lethenhop in the reign of Alexander II." [2] David de Penikok witnessed a charter of the lands of Inuerpefir in 1250.

Early History of the Pennycook family

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Pennycook Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pennycook, Penecuik, Pennecuik, Pennicuik, Pencook, Pennycyck and many more.

Early Notables of the Pennycook family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Alexander Pennecuik (1652-1722), Scottish physician and poet, the eldest son of Alexander Pennecuik of Newhall, Edinburgh. His father had been a surgeon under General Bannier in the thirty years' war, and afterwards...
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United States Pennycook migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pennycook Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pennycook, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Alexander Pennycook, who arrived in Morgan Co. IL in 1834
  • Charles and Elizabeth Pennycook, who arrived in Morgan Co. IL in 1835
  • J Pennycook, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Canada Pennycook migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pennycook Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Douglas Pennycook, who arrived in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1863 [4]

Australia Pennycook migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pennycook Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Margaret Pennycook, (b. 1820), aged 17, Scottish house maid who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

West Indies Pennycook migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Pennycook Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Robert Pennycook, who arrived in Jamaica in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Pennycook (post 1700) +

  • Chevvy Pennycook (b. 1987), British rugby union player for Moseley
  • Redford Pennycook (b. 1985), British rugby union player for Bristol Rugby

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William R Pennycook (b. 1919), Scottish Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [7]

The Pennycook 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: Ut resurgam
Motto Translation: That I may rise again.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. 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)
  4. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retreived 23rd August 2020 from
  7. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook