The name Palfery finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a person who worked as the palfreyman,
who was in charge of the palfreys. This occupational
surname was first derived from the Old French word parfrement
which referred to the individual who saddled horses for women. The term palfrey
usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Palfery family
The surname Palfery was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Palfery family
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Palfery 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. Palfery has been recorded under many different variations, including Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
Early Notables of the Palfery family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Palfery family to Ireland
Some of the Palfery family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Palfery family to the New World and Oceana
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 Palfery or a variant listed above: Peter Palfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1624; John Palfrey, who arrived in Cambridge, MA in 1658; Jonathan Palfrey, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Barbados in 1698.