The name Pinington is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in the region of Pennington.
Pinington is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Pinington family
The surname Pinington was first found in Lancashire
at Pennington, a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred
of Lonsdale north of the Sands. "This place, which in Domesday Book
is styled 'Pennigetun,' belonged to a local
family, one of whom, Gamel de Pennington, was a very considerable person at the time of the Conquest. From him descended Sir John Pennington, who commanded the left wing of the army in an expedition into Scotland
under the Earl of Northumberland
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
By the time of Henry II, some of the family had branched to Muncaster in Cumberland
(now part of Cumbria) and it was here that King Henry VI was concealed by Sir John Pennington in his flight from his enemies. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Pinington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinington research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1676, 1783, 1552, 1558, 1565, 1599, 1655, 1730, 1584, 1661, 1640, 1653, 1642, 1616 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Pinington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pinington Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pinington has been spelled many different ways, including Pennington, Penington and others.
Early Notables of the Pinington family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Penington, High Sheriff
in 1552, 1558 and 1565; Joseph Pennington of Muncaster Castle, High Sheriff
in 1599; Sir William Pennington (1655-1730), 1st Baronet; Isaac Penington (1584-1661), an English politician who... Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pinington family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Piningtons to arrive in North America: John Penington, who settled at St. Christopher in 1633; Charles Penington, who arrived in Virginia in 1695; William Penington, who arrived in Virginia in 1652.
The Pinington 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: Vincit amore patria
Motto Translation: My beloved country will conquer.