Behind the name Pingley is a story that begins in the ancient Scottish-English border region among the clans of the Boernician
tribe. The Pingley family lived in a place near Stow Roxburghshire
, called Hopringle or Pringle. As such, Pingley is a habitation name, a category of surnames that were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The place name comes from the Old English word hop
which referred to an "enclosed valley," and Prjónn,
an Old Norse name comprised of components which mean peg
Thus, the original bearer of the surname came from an area noted for an enclosed valley or a ravine.
Early Origins of the Pingley family
The surname Pingley was first found in Roxburghshire
, where the first Chief on record was Robert de Hoppryngil who witnessed a deed by King Alexander III of Scotland
in 1250 A.D. Forty-six years later, Ellys Obringkel was Bishop of St. Andrews, and rendered homage to King Edward I
on his brief conquest of Scotland
in 1296. His seal bore a hunting horn. About this time they acquired the Clan
territories near Stow and they became close allies of the Black Douglases.
Early History of the Pingley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pingley research.Another 664 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1368, 1406, 1200, 1450, 1455, 1455, 1485, 1976, 1631, 1689, 1513, 1568, 1625, 1667, 1628, 1664, 1736, 1580 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Pingley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pingley Spelling Variations
Before the printing press and the first dictionaries appeared, names and other words were often spelled differently every time they were written. Pingley has appeared under the variations Pringle, Pringell, Prindle, Hopringle and others.
Early Notables of the Pingley family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was George Pringle (1631-1689), of Torwoodlee, eldest son of James Pringle of Torwoodlee. The Pringles of Torwoodlee, Selkirkshire
, are descended from the Pringles of Snailholm, Roxburghshire, the first of the name being George, son of William Pringle of Snailholm who was killed at Flodden... Another 174 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pingley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pingley family to Ireland
Some of the Pingley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pingley family to the New World and Oceana
The Scots who crossed the Atlantic were often on the run from poverty as well as persecution. They brought little with them, and often had nothing of their home country to hand down to their children. In the 20th century, Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Boernician
Scots to recover their lost national legacy. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Pingley were among those contributors:
Pingley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Michael Pingley, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)