The Pienaar surname comes from the Old French word "pinard," which was a small medieval coin, so called because it bore a pine cone. The name Pienaar is thought to have evolved from a nickname
, perhaps for a rich man, or a miser.
Early Origins of the Pienaar family
The surname Pienaar was first found in Maine where they held a family seat
at the seigneurie of la Croix.
Early History of the Pienaar family
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Pienaar Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Pinard, Pinart, Pina, Pinar, du Pinard, du Pinard, Val Pinard, Val Pinart, de Pinard, de Pinart and many more.
Early Notables of the Pienaar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pienaar family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Louis Pinard, who arrived in Quebec 1656 from Aunis on the west coast of France but this is more likely to be a port of departure rather than the home province.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pienaar (post 1700)
- Ruan Pienaar (b. 1984), South African rugby union footballer
- Gerhardus Pienaar (b. 1981), South African javelin thrower and former Junior World Champion
- Major General Daniel Hermanus "Dan" Pienaar CB, DSO & Bar (1893-1942), South African World War II military commander