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Pendleton Surname Origin
(Locality). The summit of the hill, Gaelic, from pendle, the summit, and dun, a hill. Pen-dal-ton, the town at the head of the valley.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Pendleton Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Pendleton Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson