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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Gu. a chev. erm. betw. three pine apples ar. (another, or).

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Penner Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Penner Origin


Origin of Penner

It is unique surname which is normally used to describe a job. It acquires from the Ancient English ‘Pinn’ which means a pin or needle, or in a conveyed impression – a pine tree. Some name bearers will have locational origins from the hamlet of Pinner in Middlesex. Even then the name means mostly the same ‘the point of the pin builder’ or likely ‘the pine trees.' A ‘pinner’ was a greatly practiced profession, and not only prescribed to pins and needles but also wire things like baskets and bird cages. There are various spellings of the names like Pinner, Piner, Pinor, Pinar, Pyner, Pynner and Penner. Similarly, the French spellings or types of the name contain Pinar, Pineaux, and Pinard. Early recordings contained Richard Richard de Pinner of London in 1275, and there cannot be enough confusion where he appeared from, whereas Walter Le Pinnere, also of London in 1281, was absolutely a pinmaker. Edward le Peniur of Norfolk in 1275 was appropriately a comb manufacturer, and this acquires from the French ‘peignour’ represented by the Normans later 1066. Over the centuries the spellings of the name have devolved to the place where it is impossible to decipher the actual origin. Church documentation had contained Wynifred Pynner named at St Margarets, Westminster, on 6th October 1595, Ann Penner, named at St Marys Church, Putney, on 27th June 1625, and Catherine Piner married John Turner at St James Church, Westminster, on 21st April 1772.


Some common variations are: Penneru, Pennera, Pennery, Puenner, Penneri, Pennere, Peanner, Pennyer, Pener, Pennoyer.


The surname Penner first originated in Buckingham where they held a family seat from ancient times, and the first documentation was recorded on the pre-census rolls taken by the ancient Lords of Britain to decide the rate of levying a tax of their affairs.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Adam Le Pinare, dated 1244, in the pipe rolls of the city of Worcester. It was during the time of King Edward III who was known to be the “the Father of the English Navy,”1327 – 1377. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation.


People of Penner also moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States:

People of Penner settled in the United States in two different centuries respectively in the 18th and 19th. Some of the people of Penner family who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Daniel Penner, Henry Penner and Christian Penner these all arrived in Pennsylvania in the same year in 1765.

Some of the people of Penner family who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Henrietta Penner at the age of 17 and Eva Penner at the age of 45 arrive in New York in 1874. Heinrich Penner at the age of 56, Erdman Penner, aged 9, and Anna Penner arrived in Nebraska, in the same year in 1874 during the 19th century.


People of the Penner family who settled in Canada in the 19th century included Abraham Penner arrived in Manitoba in the year1874. Bernhard Penner, David Penner, and Aaron Penner arrived in Manitoba in the same tear in 1875.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Penner: United States 6,774; Germany 8,372; Canada 12,327; Russia 1,268; Paraguay 1,077, Brazil 954, Kazakhstan 405; Belize 373; Mexico 288; Itlay 202.

Notable People:

Alden Penner (born 1983), is a Canadian musician and artist.

Berry Penner (born 1966), is a Canadian politician.

Dick Penner (born 1936), is a retired English scholar and co-writer of Ooby Dooby, Roy Orbison's rockabilly classic.

Dustin Penner (born 1982), is a Canadian professional player in ice hockey.

George Penner (born 1940), is a chairmab of Penner Enterprise Inc.

Keith Penner (born 1933), is a Canadian public official and politician.

Jack Penner, was a Canadian politician.

Jacob Penner, (1880-1965), was a Canadian socialist politician.

Jim Penner, (1939-2004), was a Canadian businessman and politician.

Joe Penner (1904-1941), was an American theater entertainer.

Jonathan Penner (1941), is an American fiction author.

Lucille Recht Penner (born 1942), is an American author of children's books.

Rolan Penner (born 1924), is a Canadian professor and politician.

Penner Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Penner blazon are the pine apple and chevron. The two main tinctures (colors) are ermine and gules.

Ermine is a very ancient pattern, and distinctive to observe. It was borne alone by John de Monfort, the Earl of Richmond and Duke of Brittany in the late 14th century 1 It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found 2. The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature.3. The ermine spot is sometimes found alone as a special charge on the shield.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”4. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 5. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).6

The pineapple is not the tropical fruit (virtually unknown in mediaeval Europe) but litterally the “apple” found on a fir tree, otherwise known as a fir cone or pine cone. 7 Wade suggests that it symbolises “life”, perhaps due to the promise of new birth from the seeds contained with the cone. 8

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

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  • 1 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P69
  • 2 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39
  • 3 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
  • 6 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P276
  • 8 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P130
  • 9 A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
  • 10 The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
  • 11 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45