Pallister 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. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly common in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith, and wright.

Early Origins of the Pallister family

The surname Pallister was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor, some say from the time of the Norman Conquest when Duke William of Normandy arrived at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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)

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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 [1]
  • Thomas Pallister, who arrived in New York in 1831 [1]

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. [3]
Pallister Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • James Pallister who settled in Barbados in 1634
  • James Pallister, aged 28, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [1]
  • Mr. James Pallister, (b. 1606), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pallister (post 1700) +

  • William Pallister Hubbard (1843-1921), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1881-82; Candidate for West Virginia State Attorney General, 1888 [4]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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