Show ContentsPallister History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pallister is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who made palings or fences. [1] "The palliser (the French palis, a pale, a stake) was a kind of parker, one who guarded or fenced enclosures." [2]

Early Origins of the Pallister family

The surname Pallister was first found in Wakefield, Yorkshire where Roger Palesar was recorded as holding lands in 1315. Later in Staffordshire, Richard Palicer was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for 1381. [1]

So as to underscore the Yorkshire heritage, the Fabric Rolls of York Minster: Wills and Inventories (Surtees Society) lists: John Pallyser, Yorkshire; Thomas Palysar, Yorkshire; William Pallyster, Yorkshire; and John Palyster, Yorkshire. [2]

Religious conflicts claimed many lives over the years including "The Rev. Thomas Palaser, or Pallicer, born at Ellerton-upon-Swale, a Roman Catholic priest, executed for his religion at Durham, Aug. 9, 1600." (Old Yorkshire)

Early History of the Pallister family

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Pallister Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Pallister are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pallister include Paliser, Palliser, Pallisar, Palisar, Palister and many more.

Early Notables of the Pallister family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Palliser (1646-1726), Archbishop of Cashel, son of John Palliser, born at Kirkby Wisk in Yorkshire, and received his early education at Northallerton under John Smith. At the age of fourteen he entered Trinity College, Dublin, of which he became a fellow in 1668. He received deacon's orders at Wexford in November 1669, and priest's orders on the 28th of the following January, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. Palliser was elected 'medicus' in Trinity College, Dublin, in October 1670, and appointed professor of divinity in that university in 1678. [3] Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser (1723-1796), of...
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Ireland Migration of the Pallister family to Ireland

Some of the Pallister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Pallister migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Pallister or a variant listed above:

Pallister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Pallister, who settled in America in 1757
Pallister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pallister, who landed in New York in 1831 [4]
  • Thomas Pallister, who arrived in New York in 1831 [4]

Australia Pallister migration to Australia +

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

Pallister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

West Indies Pallister migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Pallister Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. James Pallister, (b. 1606), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pallister (post 1700) +

  • Philip Pallister, American researcher who first described Pallister–Killian syndrome (PKS) in 1977
  • David Stanley Pallister (1915-2003), American colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a hockey player who commanded bomber squadrons and served as a vice commander of Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire
  • Minnie Pallister (1885-1960), English political activist, political writer, self-described "Socialist propagandist" from Kilkhampton, Cornwall
  • Gordon Pallister (1917-1999), English professional footballer who played as a left back (1934-1952)
  • William Pallister (1884-1904), English footballer who made 60 appearances in the Football League playing for Sunderland and Lincoln City (1899-1905)
  • Gary Andrew Pallister (b. 1965), English former professional footballer and sports television pundit
  • Matthew John Pallister (b. 1969), Australian slalom canoeist who competed from the mid-1980s to the late 2000s
  • David Pallister (1945-2021), born David Pallister Clark, a British investigative journalist who worked at The Guardian for many years
  • Graeme Pallister, Scottish chef and restaurateur from Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross, awarded "Scottish Restaurant of the Year" at the Scottish Food Awards, winner of "Executive Chef of the Year" (2010) and Catering in Scotland's "Chef of the Year" (2013)
  • Lani Pallister (b. 2002), Australian six-time gold and silver medalist swimmer from Sydney
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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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)
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