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Where did the English Tolfree family come from? What is the English Tolfree family crest and coat of arms? When did the Tolfree family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Tolfree family history?The name Tolfree is Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a person who worked as the palfreyman, who was in charge of the palfreys. This occupational surname was first derived from the Old French word parfrement which referred to the individual who saddled horses for women. The term palfrey usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Tolfree include Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tolfree research. Another 326 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1200, 1321, 1359, and 1411 are included under the topic Early Tolfree History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Tolfree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Tolfree family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Tolfree were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Peter Palfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1624; John Palfrey, who arrived in Cambridge, MA in 1658; Jonathan Palfrey, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Barbados in 1698.
The Tolfree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tolfree Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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