The origins of the Pailie surname are uncertain. It may have derive from the Middle English words "pale," and "eye," in which case it was likely a nickname
which evolved into a name. Or it may come from an Old Scandinavian personal name
, "Palle," which was probably originally an ethnic name for someone from Poland.
Early Origins of the Pailie family
The surname Pailie was first found in Yorkshire
where the name was first borne as a personal name
by a powerful Dane mentioned in the Saxon Chronicle as Pallig A.D. 1101. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Pailie family
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Pailie Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Pailie include Paley, Pailey, Palley, Pallie, Pailley, Pailie and many more.
Early Notables of the Pailie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pailie family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Pailie or a variant listed above: Peter Paley, who came to Virginia in 1670; John Palley, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Virginia in 1726; William Paley, who came to Baltimore in 1811.