The Palfreyhan family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member 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 Palfreyhan family
The surname Palfreyhan 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 Palfreyhan family
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Palfreyhan Spelling Variations
Palfreyhan has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Palfreyhan have been found, including Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
Early Notables of the Palfreyhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Palfreyhan family to Ireland
Some of the Palfreyhan 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 Palfreyhan family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Palfreyhans to arrive on North American shores: 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.