in southwestern England
provides the original birthplace of the surname Pentarvis. 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 Pentarvis history began in Cornwall
, in the ancient village of Pendarvey.
Early Origins of the Pentarvis family
The surname Pentarvis was first found in Cornwall
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Camborne. Few early records of the family exist and it is not until about the year 1520 that we find Thomas Pendarves seated at Camborne.
Early History of the Pentarvis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pentarvis research.Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1819, 1622, 1656 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Pentarvis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pentarvis 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 Pendarves, Pendarvs, Pendarvus, Pentarves, Pentarvis and many more.
Early Notables of the Pentarvis family (pre 1700)
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pentarvis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pentarvis family to Ireland
Some of the Pentarvis family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 156 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pentarvis family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pentarvis:
Pentarvis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Lawrence Pentarvis who landed in America in 1750