Early Origins of the Penswick family
The surname Penswick was first found in Gloucestershire
, at Painswick, a village and civil parish that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Wiche and was held by Roger de Lacy, a Norman Baron
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1237, the village was listed as Painswike. The place name literally means "the dwelling or dairy farm" from the Old English word "wic." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The prefix "Pain" was added about the 12th century when Pain Fitzjohn held a manor there at that time. The village thrived on the wool trade through the years, but it is now best known for its parish church's yew trees for which folklore holds that the churchyard will never have more than 99 yew trees and that should a 100th grow the Devil would pull it out.
Early History of the Penswick family
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Penswick Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Penswick, Painswick, Penwick, Pynwick, Pynswick, Pinswick, Payneswick and many more.
Early Notables of the Penswick family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Penswick family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Penswick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Penswick, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1919
- Maurice Penswick, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Penswick (post 1700)
- Thomas Penswick (1772-1836), English Roman Catholic bishop, Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District (1831-1836)