Pentland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pentland family

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.

Early History of the Pentland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pentland research. Another 78 words (6 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Pentland Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pentland family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Pentland family to Ireland

Some of the Pentland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pentland migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pentland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Pentland, who settled in New York in 1822
  • William Pentland, aged 19, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • William Pentland, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 [1]
  • R Pentland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • T Pentland, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pentland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emily Pentland, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [2]

Australia Pentland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pentland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Pentland, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [3]
  • Jane Pentland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [3]
  • Bridget Pentland, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Janet Pentland, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Schah Jehan"

New Zealand Pentland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pentland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Eileen Pentland Née Mcdonald, Irish settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [4]
  • Mr. William Pentland, (b. 1807), aged 40, Irish settler born in Dublin arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pentland (post 1700) +

  • Alex Pentland (b. 1951), MIT Professor and entrepreneur
  • Robert Pentland (b. 1908), American Democrat politician, Coal miner; Grocery clerk; Warehouse worker [5]
  • James Pentland, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 2nd District, 1868 [5]
  • Joseph Barclay Pentland (1797-1873), Irish traveller, secretary to the consulate-general in Peru in 1827
  • 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
  • Edwin Pentland Hick (b. 1919), British entrepreneur, author, publisher, best known for founding the Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo in North Yorkshire


The Pentland Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J677-T49 : 6 December 2014), Emily Pentland, 22 Apr 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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