Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Parfray was originally a name given to someone 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.
Early Origins of the Parfray family
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 Parfray family
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Parfray Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Parfray 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 Parfray include: Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
Early Notables of the Parfray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Parfray family to Ireland
Some of the Parfray family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Parfray family to the New World and Oceana
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 Parfray or a variant listed above: 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.
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