Early Origins of the Palethorpe family
The surname Palethorpe was first found in Nottinghamshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Perlethorpe, held by Richard from Roger de Bully, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Palethorpe family
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Palethorpe Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Palethorpe, Pailthorp, Pailthorpe, Palethorp, Perlthorp, Perlthorpe, Pallthorp and many more.
Early Notables of the Palethorpe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Palethorpe family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Palethorpe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Palethorpe, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Palethorpe (post 1700)
- Henry Palethorpe (b. 1829), English founder of Palethorpe's, a British producer of cooked meat and pastry products in the 1850's, at one time the world's largest sausage producer, now rebranded as Pork Farms Palethorpes
- John Thomas "Jack" Palethorpe (1909-1984), English professional footballer who played from 1930 to 1939
- Philip John Palethorpe (b. 1986), English professional footballer currently playing for Cammell Laird
- Richard Andrew Palethorpe -Todd (1919-2009), birth name of Richard Todd OBE, an Irish-born British stage and film actor and soldier, the first choice of author Ian Fleming to play James Bond in Dr. No
- Arthur Palethorpe (b. 1854), New Zealand cricketer who played for Wellington (1879-1880)