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Pernel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


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The name Pernel came to England with the ancestors of the Pernel family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pernel family lived in Gloucestershire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pernel family


The surname Pernel was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Wickwar from very ancient times. Wickwar was shown in the Domesday Book in 1086, a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066. The holder of Wickwar at this time is not known to us but we do know that the Queen gave the village to Humphrey the Chamberlain.

Early History of the Pernel family


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Pernel Spelling Variations


Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Purnel, Purnell, Pernel, Pernell and others.

Early Notables of the Pernel family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Pernel family to the New World and Oceana


Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pernel or a variant listed above: John, Marg, and Richard Purnell who settled in Virginia in 1652; Thomas Purnell settled in Virginia in 1635; William Purnell settled in Barbados in 1685.

Contemporary Notables of the name Pernel (post 1700)


  • Florence Pernel (b. 1966), French César Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Three Colors: Blue (1993), The Conquest (2011) and Mes amis, mes amours, mes emmerdes (2009)

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