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The surname Pentland was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pentland, Pentlan, Paintland and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pentland research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1400, and 1480 are included under the topic Early Pentland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pentland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pentland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pentland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Pentland settled in New York in 1822
  • Wm Pentland, aged 19, arrived in America in 1822
  • William Pentland, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • R Pentland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • T Pentland, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


Pentland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Jane Pentland, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily"
  • Jane Pentland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
  • Bridget Pentland, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Janet Pentland, aged 27, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

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  • Robert Pentland (b. 1908), American Democrat politician, Coal miner; Grocery clerk; Warehouse worker
  • James Pentland, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 2nd District, 1868
  • Alex Pentland (b. 1951), MIT Professor and entrepreneur
  • Patrick Pentland (b. 1969), Irish musician and member of the Canadian rock band, Sloan
  • Norman Pentland (1912-1972), British Labour Member of Parliament for Chester-le-Street
  • Fred Pentland (1883-1962), English footballer and manager
  • Barbara Pentland (1912-2000), Canadian composer
  • Alexander Pentland (1884-1983), Australian World War I flying ace


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtute et opera
Motto Translation: By virtue and energy.

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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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The Pentland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pentland 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.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2015 at 09:27.

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