Parley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Parley is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Parley family lived in Dorset. The name, however, is a reference to Pavilly, in Seine Maritime, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Parley family

The surname Parley was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat at Charlton Marshall, when Reginald de Pavelli was granted the King's lands by King Henry II. Later King John granted Pillington of Norfolk to the Lords of Pavelli, Roger and Thomas. The son, however, Thomas Pavelli or Thomas Pawley still adhered to the King of France in 1204.

Early History of the Parley family

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Parley Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Parley family name include Pawley, Pauley, Paulye, Paulley and others.

Early Notables of the Parley family (pre 1700)

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Parley migration to the United States

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Parley family to immigrate North America:

Parley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cath Parley, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Parley (post 1700)

  • Parley Parker Christensen (b. 1869), American politician, Member of Utah State House of Representatives, 1910-12;Progressive Candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1926
  • Parley Sheldon, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Ames, Iowa, 1884-86, 1890-94, 1902-08, 1910-16; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1912 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business), 1916 (alternate), 1924 [2]
  • Parley B. Leonard (b. 1861), American Republican politician, First selectman of Vernon, Connecticut, 1899-1910; Member of Connecticut State Senate 35th District, 1911-12 [3]
  • Parley Hubbard, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Salisbury, 1823-24 [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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, April 22) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 9) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from
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