The origins of the Palay 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 Palay family
The surname Palay 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 Palay family
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Palay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Palay family name include Paley, Pailey, Palley, Pallie, Pailley, Pailie and many more.
Early Notables of the Palay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Palay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Palay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.