Palgrave History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Palgrave is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Palgrave family once lived in the region of Palgrave in various counties throughout England. Palgrave is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Palgrave family
The surname Palgrave was first found in Suffolk at Palgrave, a village and civil parish that dates back to 962 when it was listed as Palegrave. By the Domesday Book of 1086 the village's name evolved to Palegraua which was listed there at that time.  Great Palgrave in Norfolk has a similar entry in the Domesday Book but this entry is the first listing and therefore it is presumed a more recent village. The place name literally means "grove where the poles are got" from the Old English "pal + "graf" or "grove or a man called Paga" from the Old English personal name + "graf." 
Early History of the Palgrave family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Palgrave research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1554 and 1525 are included under the topic Early Palgrave History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Palgrave Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Palgrave family name include Palgrave, Palgrove and others.
Early Notables of the Palgrave family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Palsgrave (c.1480-1554), an English priest of Henry VIII of England's court. In 1525, he was appointed tutor to Henry's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. The expression...
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Palgrave migration to the United States +
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Palgrave surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Palgrave Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Palgrave, his wife Anne and their three daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630
- Richard Palgrave, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1630 
Contemporary Notables of the name Palgrave (post 1700) +
- Sir Francis Palgrave KH FRS (1788-1861), born Francis Ephraim Cohen, an English historian, Deputy Keeper of the Public Record Office (1838-1861); he changed his surname to "Palgrave" (his wife's mother's maiden name) by royal licence
- William Gifford Palgrave (1826-1888), Arabic scholar from Westminster, England, son of Sir Francis Palgrave
- Sir Robert Harry Inglis Palgrave (1827-1919), English banker and economist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1882, son of Sir Francis Palgrave
- Francis Turner Palgrave (1824-1897), English poet and anthologist, son of Sir Francis Palgrave
- Sir Reginald Francis Douce Palgrave (1829-1904), English solicitor, Clerk of the British House of Commons, son of Sir Thomas Palgrave
Related Stories +
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ 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)