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Today's generation of the Penson family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Penson 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 of England in 1066.

Penson Early Origins



The surname Penson 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." [1]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.

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Penson Spelling Variations


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Penson Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Penson were recorded, including Pinson, Pincon, Pinsent, Pensent, Pensons, Pinsons, Pinser, Pincer, Poinson, Poincon, Pynson, MontPinson, Montpinson, Mountpinzo, Mompesson, Pinsun, Montepinson, Montepesson, Montepinsun and many more.

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Penson Early History


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Penson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penson research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1642, 1719, 1689, 1679, 1765, 1765, 1790, 1859, 1818, 1864 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Penson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Penson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Penson Early Notables (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 Penson Notables 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Penson arrived in North America very early:

Penson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Penson, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1635

Penson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Penson settled in Trinity Bay in 1761

Penson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • L Penson, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1813

Penson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Penson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849
  • Thomas Penson, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Standard"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Penson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Penson (post 1700)



  • Thomas Mainwaring Penson (1818-1864), English surveyor and architect
  • Dame Lillian Penson DBE (1896-1963), British professor of modern history at the University of London
  • Max Penson (1893-1959), noted Jewish Belarusian photojournalist and photographer of the Soviet Union
  • Charles Frederick Penson (b. 1942), former Canadian politician from Alberta
  • Thomas Penson (1790-1859), the British County Surveyor of Montgomeryshire
  • John Hubert Penson, C.B

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
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The Penson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Penson 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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