Paley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Paley 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 Paley family

The surname Paley 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. [1]

Early History of the Paley family

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Paley Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Paley has been recorded under many different variations, including Paley, Pailey, Palley, Pallie, Pailley, Pailie and many more.

Early Notables of the Paley family (pre 1700)

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United States Paley migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Paley or a variant listed above:

Paley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Paley, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Paley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Paley, who settled in Baltimore in 1811
  • William Paley, who arrived in Maryland in 1811 [2]
  • Robert Paley, who arrived in Baltimore in 1830
  • Joseph Paley, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868

Australia Paley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Paley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Paley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 [3]
  • John Paley, English convict from Yorkshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Paley (post 1700) +

  • Allan Thomas "Tom" Paley (1928-2017), American guitarist, banjo and fiddle player
  • Tom Paley (b. 1928), American banjo-player
  • Grace Paley (1923-2007), Acclaimed poet and short story writer
  • William S Paley (1901-1990), American broadcaster, founder of CBS
  • William Paley (1743-1805), English theologian and moral philosopher
  • Edward Graham Paley (1823-1895), English architect
  • Raymond Edward Alan Christopher Paley (1907-1933), English mathematician
  • William Paley Edson (1834-1902), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1857; Common Pleas Court Judge in Indiana, 1871-72; Candidate for justice of Indiana State Supreme Court, 1876, 1882 [5]

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Horace Paley, DSM, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [6]

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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