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Pienaar is a well-known Afrikaans surname, derived from the French Pinard. It was brought to South Africa in 1688 by Huguenot settlers traveling with the Dutch East India Company. The extended progenitors of the Pienaar clan are Jacques Pinard, a carpenter from Eure-et-Loir, and Esther Foucher (born Suèvres, Orléanais). After Esther's death Pinard later remarried Marthe le Fèbre, a native of Paarl. An extensive genealogy of the Pienaar family in South Africa was compiled by ZJ (Sakkie) Pienaar, and privately published as "Die Pienaars in Suid-Afrika." An updated version of the Pienaar genealogy is now compiled by prof H Christo Viljoen, whose mother was née Pienaar, with the view of eventually having it published by the Huguenot Society of South Africa.

Some of the descendants of the Pienaar progenitors include:

  • Antoinette Pienaar, South African actress and writer
  • Ben Pienaar, British rugby player
  • Dan Pienaar, South African career soldier
  • Daniel-Ben Pienaar, South African classical pianist
  • Francois Pienaar, South African rugby player
  • Gerhardus Pienaar, South African javelin thrower
  • Jacobus Johannes (Jack) Pienaar, parliamentarian, Administrator of Transvaal
  • John Pienaar, British journalist
  • Jonathan Pienaar, South African actor
  • Louis Pienaar, South African diplomat
  • Michael Pienaar, Namibian football player
  • Pierre Pienaar, Namibian record producer
  • Pierre de Villiers Pienaar, South African academic
  • Peet Pienaar, South African performance artist
  • Roy Pienaar, South African cricketer
  • Ruan Pienaar, South African rugby player
  • Steven Pienaar, South African football player
  • Uys de Villiers Pienaar, Park-head of the Kruger National Park, Chief Director of National Parks
  • Characters in fiction

  • Peter Pienaar, fictional World War I flying ace
  • Ross Pienaar, fictional character in the movie "District 9"
  • References

    Pienaar Wikipedia


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