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Early Origins of the Penton family

The surname Penton was first found in Lincolnshire, at Panton, a village in the civil parish of East Barkwith, in the East Lindsey of district. The village dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Pantone and possibly meant "farmstead near a hill or pan-shaped feature" from the Old English words "panne" + "tun." [1] At that time, there were 32 households on 40 acres of meadows with a church, land held by the Archbishop of York. Conjecturally the family is descended from Gilbert of Panton, a Norman noble who held the village at that time. [2]

Alternatively, the family could have originated in Pointon, a chapelry, in the parish of Semperingham, union of Bourne, wapentake of Aveland, parts of Kesteven, Lincolnshire. [3]

Early History of the Penton family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Penton research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1296, 1396, 1451, 1539, 1606, 1639, 1672, 1682, 1684, 1685, 1693, 1706 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Penton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Penton Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Panton, Pantone, Panting, Pantown, Pantoun and many more.

Early Notables of the Penton family

Notable among the family at this time was

  • Stephen Penton (1639-1706), English divine from Winchester, rector of Glympton (1684-1693)

Penton Ranking

In the United States, the name Penton is the 7,135th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Penton is ranked the 469th most popular surname with an estimated 101 people with that name. [5]

United States Penton migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Penton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Penton, who arrived in New Jersey in 1677 [6]
  • Thomas Penton, who landed in Virginia in 1695 [6]
Penton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Penton, who arrived in New York in 1827 [6]
  • C P Penton, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]
  • M Penton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856 [6]

Australia Penton migration to Australia +

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

Penton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Penton, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [7]
  • James Penton, English Convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Mr. George Penton, British Convict who was convicted in Clerkenwell, London, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Corona" on 13th October 1866, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Penton (post 1700) +

  • John Penton (b. 1925), American motorcycle racer, founder of Penton Motorcycles, inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Jeremiah Penton, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Salem County Democratic Party, 1921 [10]
  • J. A. Penton, American politician, Delegate to Kentucky secession convention, 1861 [10]
  • Colonel Henry Penton, English developer of the Pentonville area of London in the late 1800s
  • Frederick Thomas Penton (1851-1929), British army officer and Conservative Party politician
  • Harry Baven Penton (b. 1890), English professional footballer
  • Brian Con Penton (1904-1951), Australian journalist and novelist
  • James Penton, Canadian professor emeritus of history at the University of Lethbridge
  • Aurelia Catalina Penton (b. 1941), retired Cuban track and field athlete

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Howard Lee Penton, American Seaman First Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [11]

The Penton 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: Firmius, et pugnan
Motto Translation: More strongly into the fight.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  6. 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)
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th March 2021). Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from
  11. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook