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Cornwall in southwestern England provides the original birthplace of the surname Penrose. As populations grew, people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. This was due to the heavy political and cultural influence of the English upon the Cornish People at the time that surnames first came into use. Local surnames were derived from where a person lived, held land, or was born. While many Cornish surnames of this sort appear to be topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees, many are actually habitation surnames derived from lost or unrecorded place names. The name Penrose history began in the village of Penrose in the county of Cornwall.

Penrose Early Origins



The surname Penrose was first found in Cornwall at Penrose, "a hamlet near the Land's End, possessed by the family in the XV. century, and doubtless much earlier." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Penrose is also "a parish, in the division and hundred of Raglan, union and county of Monmouth, Wales." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"One of the most ancient families of the name of Penrose resided at Penrose, Sithney, in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries; members of this family were sheriffs of the county in the 16th century." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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Penrose Spelling Variations


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Penrose Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Penrose, Penrows, Penrowes and others.

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Penrose Early History


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Penrose Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penrose research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 187 and 1876 are included under the topic Early Penrose History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Penrose Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Penrose Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Penrose In Ireland


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Penrose In Ireland



Some of the Penrose family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Penrose:

Penrose Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Penrose, who settled in Maine in 1622
  • Priscilla Penrose, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Penrose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Bartholomew Penrose, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1700 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Christopher Penrose, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Joe Penrose and his wife Elizabeth settled in Georgia in 1732
  • John Penrose, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Penrose Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Penrose, who arrived in America in 1810 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John, Thomas, and William Penrose all, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1855

Penrose Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Penrose, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • Yarnel Penrose, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Joseph Penrose, who arrived in Canada in 1836

Penrose Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Penrose, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  • Robert Penrose, aged 31, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  • William Penrose, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • Thomas Penrose, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald" [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  • Richard Penrose, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lady Macdonald" [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Penrose Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Penrose, aged 36, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Margaret Penrose, aged 36, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • William Penrose, aged 8, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Richard J. Penrose, aged 6, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • Nanny Penrose, aged 6, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Penrose (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Penrose (post 1700)



  • Richard Alexander Fullerton Penrose Jr. (1863-1931), American mining geologist and entrepreneur, posthumously inducted into the US National Mining Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Craig R. Penrose (b. 1953), former professional American football quarterback
  • Charles William Penrose (1832-1925), American member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1904-1911)
  • Charles Bingham Penrose (1862-1925), American gynecologist who invented the surgical Penrose drain, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1911, brother of Boies Penrose and Spencer Penrose
  • William Penrose, American politician, Representative from Ohio 15th District, 1880 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Spencer Penrose (1865-1939), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1904 (alternate), 1916 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • R. A. F. Penrose, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona Territory, 1900 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Neville Penrose, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952, 1964 (alternate) [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John J. Penrose, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 3rd District, 1882 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Emlen Griffith Penrose (1844-1930), American Republican politician, Member of Iowa State Senate, 1893; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1900, 1904 [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Penrose Historic Events


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Penrose Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. John Poole Penrose (d. 1912), aged 49, English Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  7. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  8. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lady Macdonald 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/ladymacdonald1855.shtml
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Penrose Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penrose 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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