Show ContentsPentony History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pentony surname is derived from the English parish of Pentney, in Norfolk, near Swaffham. The place-name Pentney is thought to be derived form the Old English words "pent" meaning "enclosure" and "eye" meaning "island."

Early Origins of the Pentony family

The surname Pentony was first found in Norfolk at Pentney, a village and civil parish about 8 miles (13 km) south east of Kings Lynn that dates back to at least the 3rd or 4th centuries as evidence of a Romano-British local pottery industry was discovered and an ancient Roman road has been found running close to the settlement. The village is situated on the north bank of the river Nar. The Domesday Book, 1 lists this settlement as Penteleist and was held at that time by Robert de Vaux from Roger Bigod, the great Norman Baron. Pentney held 3 mills, 7 beehives and 1/2 a salt mill. About a mile to the west is the gate-house of a priory of Black canons, founded in honor of the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Mary Magdalene, by Robert de Vallibus (Vaux) c. 1130, a follower of the Conqueror. In the grounds of the priory, three long swords, and some silver coins, were discovered by the plough. In 1977, a gravedigger found six silver Saxon brooches while digging a grave at the church. Years later, the British Museum identified the 9th century silver disc brooches of national importance and the gravedigger was given £135,000 by the Museum which now proudly displays the items as the Pentney Treasure.

Early History of the Pentony family

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Pentony Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pentney, Penteney, Pentony, Pentony, Pantony, Pantney, Repentigney, Repentiny, Penteneye, Pentoney, Pentonie, Pantonie, Repentignie, Penitune, Penton, Pentonie, Penitune, Pennyton, Penitone, Penteny and many more.

Early Notables of the Pentony family

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Ireland Migration of the Pentony family to Ireland

Some of the Pentony family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Pentony migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pentony Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Pentony, who was naturalized in New York in 1840
  • Thomas Pentony, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Pentony (post 1700) +

  • Devere E Pentony, Professor of International-Relations at San Francisco State University
  • Paul Pentony, Australian lawyer

The Pentony 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: Malo mori quam foedari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. 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) on Facebook