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The history of the name Palfrey dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family 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.

Palfrey Early Origins



The surname Palfrey 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.

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Palfrey Spelling Variations


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Palfrey Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Palfrey has undergone many spelling variations, including Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.

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Palfrey Early History


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Palfrey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Palfrey research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1200, 1321, 1359, 1411, 1589, 1637 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Palfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Palfrey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Palfrey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Palfrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Palfrey In Ireland


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Palfrey In Ireland



Some of the Palfrey 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.

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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Palfrey were among those contributors:

Palfrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Palfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1624
  • Peter Palfrey, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1626
  • John Palfrey, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1658
  • Jonathan Palfrey, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Barbados in 1698

Palfrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Palfrey, who settled in Santa Clara Co. CA in 1850
  • William Palfrey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Palfrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Palfrey, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Charlotte Palfrey, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Palfrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Palfrey, aged 25, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Palfrey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Palfrey (post 1700)



  • Yolande Palfrey, English actress, best remembered for her BBC work "Pennies from Heaven"
  • Deborah Jeane Palfrey (1956-2008), owner of Pamela Martin and Associates
  • John Palfrey (b. 1972), Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
  • William Palfrey, Chief Constable of Lancashire

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Palfrey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Palfrey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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