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The name Pinsent reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Pinsent family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pinsent family lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to Mont-Pincon, in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Lisieieux, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Pinsent Early Origins



The surname Pinsent was first found in Devon where they held a family seat anciently as Lords of the Manor. The name originally was the Norman Mont-pincon or pincun from the barony and castle in Normandy. Ralf de Montpincon was the Norman noble dapifer who was granted lands in Devon for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Meanwhile in Normandy, the head of the family, Hugh de Monte Pincon held the service of three knights from Montpincon Castle in 1172. Burton Pynsent House is a historic country-house in the parish of Curry Rivel, Somerset. It was built in 1765 for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, after he inherited the estate from Sir William Pynsent (1642-1719.) "It was the property of Sir William Pynsent, Bart., and, with other estates, was left by him to the great Earl of Chatham, in testimony of respect for his character." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Pynsent Column stands on Troy Hill, a spur of high ground about 700 m north-east of the house.

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Pinsent Spelling Variations


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Pinsent Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Pinson, Pincon, Pinsent, Pensent, Pensons, Pinsons, Pinser, Pincer, Poinson, Poincon, Pynson, MontPinson, Montpinson, Mountpinzo, Mompesson, Pinsun, Montepinson, Montepesson, Montepinsun and many more.

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Pinsent Early History


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Pinsent Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pinsent research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1094, 1642, 1719, 1689, 1679, 1765, 1765, 1790, 1859, 1818, 1864 and 1850 are included under the topic Early Pinsent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pinsent Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pinsent Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Pynsent or Pinsent, 1st Baronet (1642-1719), of Urchfont, Wiltshire, an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Devizes in 1689; and his son, Sir William Pynsent, 2nd Baronet (c.1679-1765)an English politician, Member of the Parliament for Taunton, unfortunately the title...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pinsent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Pinsent name or one of its variants:

Pinsent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Pinsent settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
  • John Pinsent settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Pinsent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mr. R. Pinsent, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1894

Pinsent Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen F. Pinsent, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, in 1905
  • Jacob Pinsent, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1917

Pinsent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Pinsent settled in Port de Grave, Newfoundland in 1773 with his brother John [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Pinsent Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Pinsent settled at Ochre Pit Cove, Newfoundland in 1800 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Pinsent Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • James Pinsent, aged 29, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1907
  • Blanche Pinsent, aged 63, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1915
  • Frances Pinsent, aged 24, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1915
  • Herbert Pinsent, aged 33, who settled in Bonavista, Newfoundland, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pinsent (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pinsent (post 1700)



  • Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE (b. 1970), English fourteen-time gold medalist rowing champion and broadcaster
  • Ed Pinsent (b. 1960), English cartoonist, artist and writer
  • Robert John Pinsent (1797-1876), Newfoundland magistrate and politician who ran in the first general election held in Newfoundland in 1832
  • Leah Pinsent (b. 1968), Canadian Genie nominated television and film actress, daughter of Gordon Pinsent
  • Dame Ellen Pinsent DBE (1866-1949), British mental health worker, eponym of the Dame Ellen Pinsent Special Primary School in Birmingham
  • Gordon Edward Pinsent CC, FRSC (b. 1930), Canadian television, theatre and film actor

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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