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Where did the English Piner family come from? What is the English Piner family crest and coat of arms? When did the Piner family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Piner family history?

The family name Piner is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person 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.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Piner include Pinder, Pynder, Pyndar, Pendar, Pindar, Pinner, Pinter, Pender and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piner research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1538 is included under the topic Early Piner History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 61 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Piner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Piner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Ann Piner, who arrived in Maryland in 1663-1664
  • Richard Piner, who arrived in Maryland in 1663-1664

Piner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Piner, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • Thomas Piner, who landed in Virginia in 1746

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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.

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The Piner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Piner Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 25 August 2011 at 12:40.

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