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Early Origins of the Pinnell family

The surname Pinnell 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 Pinnell family

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Pinnell Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Pinnell include Pennell, Pennel, Penell, Pennall, Pennells, Pennalls, Penal and many more.

Early Notables of the Pinnell family

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United States Pinnell migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pinnell or a variant listed above:

Pinnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abell Pinnell, who arrived in South Carolina in 1738 [6]
Pinnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred William Pinnell, aged 35, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1909
  • James Pinnell, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1909
  • Oliver Charles Pinnell, aged 19, who landed in America from England, in 1911
  • Mary Louisa Pinnell, aged 25, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
  • Mary Louisa Pinnell, aged 25, who settled in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912

Canada Pinnell migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pinnell Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Edwin Pinnell, aged 26, who immigrated to Majis, B.C., Canada, in 1912

Australia Pinnell migration to Australia +

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

Pinnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Pinnell, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Pinnell, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Robert Pinnell, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pinnell (post 1700) +

  • Sheldon Pinnell, American dermatological scientist, J. Lamar Callaway Professor of Dermatology, Emeritus at Duke University
  • Matt Pinnell, American Republican politician, Oklahoma Republican State Chair, 2012; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 2012 [10]
  • David S. Pinnell, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Upshur County, 1865-69 [10]
  • B. H. Pinnell, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 22nd District, 1922 [10]
  • Billy "The Traveller" Pinnell (d. 1977), English sports editor of the Bristol Evening Post (1932 to 1956)
  • Archibald Pinnell (1870-1904), English professional football goalkeeper
  • Phillip Pinnell (b. 1951), former Australian rules footballer

  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. 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. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from
  9. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from on Facebook