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Pinney Coat of Arms / Pinney Family Crest

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The surname of PINNEY was derived from the Old English word 'pinnere' an official occupation name, an impounder of strayed cattle. The name was originally derived from the Old word PEIGNOUR, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Many modern family names throughout Europe reflect the profession or occupation of their forbears in the Middle Ages and derive from the position held by their ancestors in the village, noble household or religious community in which they lived and worked. The addition of their profession to their birth name made it easier to identify individual tradesmen and craftsmen. As generations passed and families moved around, so the original identifying names developed into the corrupted but simpler versions that we recognise today. Early records of the name mention Andrew le Pinney, 1273, County Oxford. Richard de Pinner was recorded in London in the year 1275, and Andrew le Pynner appears in 1332 in Surrey and Wales. Andrew le Pyney of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th century. They were not in use in England or in Scotland before the Norman Conquest, and were first found in the Domesday Book. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became a general practice amongst all people. Later instances of the name include Hugh Pinere and Mary Edwards who were married in London in the year 1788. Hugh Aparrye and Elizabeth Pynner were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1788. The name is also spelt PINNER and PYNNER.

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