Pinder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Pinder follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as 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 Pinder family

The surname Pinder 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

Early History of the Pinder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinder 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 Pinder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pinder Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pinder were recorded, including Pinder, Pynder, Pyndar, Pendar, Pindar, Pinner, Pinter, Pender and many more.

Early Notables of the Pinder 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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Pinder Ranking

In the United States, the name Pinder is the 5,694th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]


United States Pinder migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Pinder family emigrate to North America:

Pinder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joanna Pinder, aged 14, who arrived in America in 1635 [6]
  • Katherin Pinder, aged 10, who landed in New England in 1635 [6]
  • Catherine and Joanna Pinder, who settled in New England in 1635 with their parents
  • Edward Pinder, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [6]
  • Mat Pinder, who arrived in Virginia in 1675 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pinder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Pinder, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [6]
  • George and Thomas Pinder, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Pinder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ridley Pinder, aged 16, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846 [6]
  • Sophia Pinder, aged 6, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1846 [6]
  • Martha Pinder, aged 11, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1846 [6]
  • Mary Pinder, aged 35, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1846 [6]

Canada Pinder migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pinder Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Pinder Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alice M Pinder, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Pinder migration to Australia +

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

Pinder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Pinder, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

West Indies Pinder migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [8]
Pinder Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • William Lake Pinder, who landed in Barbados in 1808 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pinder (post 1700) +

  • Cyril Calvin Pinder (1946-2021), American professional football running back in the National Football League
  • Technician Fifth Grade John J Pinder Jr. (1912-1944), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 for his actions in World War II during the Battle of Normandy
  • Thomas J. Pinder, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 9th District, 1881-83 [9]
  • Irving Pinder, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 1998 [9]
  • George N. Pinder, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940 [9]
  • Michael Thomas "Mike" Pinder (b. 1941), English rock musician, founding member and original keyboard player of the British rock group The Moody Blues
  • George Pinder (1841-1903), English first-class cricketer
  • John James "Jack" Pinder (1912-2004), English footballer who played from 1932 to 1948 for York City
  • Steven Pinder (b. 1963), English actor, known for his roles in Brookside (1982), Foxy Lady (1982) and Double Scotch & Wry (1987)
  • Lucy Katherine Pinder (b. 1983), English glamour model
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Pinder 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: Ex fide fortis
Motto Translation: Strong though faith.


  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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