Pinel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pinel family

The surname Pinel was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Ralph Pinel held a barony in Essex and Suffolk. [1] [2]

"It is impossible to decide to which of the Norman families of the name belonged. Several of the name are found in the Norman Exchequer Rolls of 1180-98. Ralph Pinel held four fees in 1165 of the Earl of Essex in Essex, and some land in Berkshire under Fitz Robert and Fitz Peter, another of whose tenants was Anchetil Pinel. There is some hint of a previous scandal in the family. In the Pipe Roll of 12 John, " Robert Vanx owes five best palfreys, that the King may be silent regarding Henry Pinel's wife." The Oxfordshire fee of Warin Pinel (then deceased) is spoken of in the Testa de Nevill; [3] and in 1278, Roger Pinel, Robert Pinel's widow, and Margaret, daughter of William Pinel, were all landowners in the county. Contemporary with them were Matthew Pinel of Suffolk, his brother Hugh, and Henry Pinel of Huntingdonshire." [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: John Pinel, Essex; Henry Pinel, Huntingdonshire; Roger Pinel, Oxfordshire; and Mathew Pinel, Suffolk. [5]

Early History of the Pinel family

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Pinel Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pinel family name include Pennell, Pennel, Penell, Pennall, Pennells, Pennalls, Penal and many more.

Early Notables of the Pinel family (pre 1700)

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Pinel Ranking

In France, the name Pinel is the 633rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,468 people with that name. [6]


United States Pinel migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Pinel surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Pinel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antony Pinel, who landed in New York in 1709 [7]
  • Charles Pinel, aged 54, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1785 [7]
  • Marie Pinel, aged 20, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [7]
Pinel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Beltran Pinel, who arrived in America in 1815 [7]

Canada Pinel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pinel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Nicolas Pinel, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 5th April 1645 [8]
  • Gilles Pinel, son of Nicolas and Madeleine, who married Anne Leodet, daughter of Nicolas and Isabelle, in Quebec on 2nd September 1657 [9]
  • François-Xavier Pinel, son of Gilles and Anne, who married Louise Coutancineau, daughter of Julien and Marie, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 24th November 1687 [9]
  • Guillaume Pinel, son of Gilles and Anne, who married Marie-Madeleine Faucher, daughter of Léonard and Marie, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 31st May 1692 [9]
  • Pierre Pinel, son of Nicolas and Madeleine, who married Marie-Barbe Dupont, daughter of Gilles and Françoise, in Quebec on 27th November 1692 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Pinel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François-Xavier Pinel, son of François and Louise, who married Marie-Anne Voyer, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Madeleine, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 5th February 1720 [9]
  • Charles-François Pinel, son of François and Louise, who married Marie-Anne Ouellet, daughter of Joseph and Françoise, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, Quebec on 15th January 1720 [9]

New Zealand Pinel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pinel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Louise Pinel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Mr. Alfred J. Pinel, (b. 1850), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [10]
  • Oswald Pinel, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1880


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  4. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  9. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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