The origins of the Paily 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 Paily family
The surname Paily 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 Paily family
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Paily Spelling Variations
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 Paily include Paley, Pailey, Palley, Pallie, Pailley, Pailie and many more.
Early Notables of the Paily family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Paily family to the New World and Oceana
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 Paily were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.