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Where did the English Pailley family come from? What is the English Pailley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pailley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pailley family history?

The origins of the Pailley 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.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pailley has been spelled many different ways, including Paley, Pailey, Palley, Pallie, Pailley, Pailie and many more.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pailley research. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1101, 1379, 1455, 1487, and 1591 are included under the topic Early Pailley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pailley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Pailleys to arrive in North America: 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.

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The Pailley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pailley 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.

This page was last modified on 21 March 2011 at 15:23.

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