Pindar History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Pindar can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who worked as the Pinder which referred to the individual who impounded stray cattle. During the Middle Ages there was rampant theft of livestock, which made the Pinder a very important member of the community. [1] The variant Pounder was used interchangeably with Pinder. [2]

Early Origins of the Pindar family

The surname Pindar was first found in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire where the name has appeared "for six centuries, and occurs in both counties as Le Pinder in the reign of Edward I." [3]

"The Pindar (or Pinder) of Wakefield (George a Green) is the subject of one of the Robin Hood ballads. "

"She doth not only think of lusty Robin Hood, But of his merry man, the Pindar of the Town Of Wakefield, George a Greene.- Drayton, Poly-Olbion, xxviii, 70-2." [2]

Interestingly, the Hundredorum Rolls had only two entries for the family and both were in the aforementioned counties: Hugh le Pinder, Lincolnshire; and Walter le Pinder, Nottinghamshire. [1] The Excerpta e Rotulis Finium in Turri Londinensi listed John le Pindere while the Writs of Parliament c. 1300 listed Henry le Pynder

Important Dates for the Pindar family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pindar research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1749, 1565, 1650, 1693, 1694, 1680 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Pindar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pindar Spelling Variations

Pindar has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Pindar have been found, including Pinder, Pynder, Pyndar, Pendar, Pindar, Pinner, Pinter, Pender and many more.

Early Notables of the Pindar family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Paul Pindar (c. 1565-1650), English diplomat, born at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. "The family is said to have been long resident in Wellingborough." [4] Sir Peter Pindar, of Idinshaw...
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Pindar migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pindars to arrive on North American shores:

Pindar Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Pindar, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • John Pindar, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Pindar, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1662 [5]
  • Jane Pindar, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [5]
Pindar Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Pindar, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [5]
Pindar Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Pindar, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
Pindar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Pindar, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Edward Pindar, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Winifred Pindar, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Myrtle Pindar, aged 34, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Stanley Pindar, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pindar migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pindar Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Pindar in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1866 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pindar (post 1700)

  • John Sigsbee Pindar (1835-1907), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Joseph D. Pindar, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 2nd District, 1848-49 [7]
  • John Sigsbee Pindar (1835-1907), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 24th District, 1885-87, 1890-91 [7]
  • David A. Pindar, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1926-27 [7]

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from
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