Pensan is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pensan family lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to Mont-Pincon,
in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Lisieieux, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Pensan family
The surname Pensan was first found in Devon
where they held a family seat
anciently as Lords of the Manor. The name originally was the Norman Mont-pincon or pincun from the barony and castle in Normandy
. Ralf de Montpincon was the Norman noble dapifer who was granted lands in Devon
for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Meanwhile in Normandy
, the head of the family, Hugh de Monte Pincon held the service of three knights from Montpincon Castle in 1172. Burton Pynsent House is a historic country-house in the parish of Curry Rivel, Somerset
. It was built in 1765 for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, after he inherited the estate from Sir William Pynsent (1642-1719.) "It was the property of Sir William Pynsent, Bart., and, with other estates, was left by him to the great Earl of Chatham, in testimony of respect for his character." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Pynsent Column stands on Troy Hill, a spur of high ground about 700 m north-east of the house.
Early History of the Pensan family
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Pensan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Pinson, Pincon, Pinsent, Pensent, Pensons, Pinsons, Pinser, Pincer, Poinson, Poincon, Pynson, MontPinson, Montpinson, Mountpinzo, Mompesson, Pinsun, Montepinson, Montepesson, Montepinsun and many more.
Early Notables of the Pensan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Pynsent or Pinsent, 1st Baronet
(1642-1719), of Urchfont, Wiltshire
, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Devizes in 1689; and his son, Sir William Pynsent, 2nd Baronet
(c.1679-1765)an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Taunton, unfortunately the title... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pensan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pensan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Pensan or a variant listed above were: William Pinsen who settled in Virginia in 1623; Joseph Pinson who settled in Virginia in 1663; Roger Pinson settled in Jamaica in 1665; Samuel Pinson settled in Barbados in 1685.