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Pearsall is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Pearsall family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Pearsall family lived in Staffordshire, at Pearsall, from whence they took their name.

Pearsall Early Origins



The surname Pearsall was first found in Staffordshire where they held an estate now known as Pearshall, Peshale or Pershall. "The family are of Norman origin, having been founded a the place referred to by Robert, a follower of Robert of Stafford, early in the reign of the Conqueror." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Robert Fitz Gilbert de Corbeil, acquired the manor of Peshale, and his son Robert was the first to begin calling himself de Peshale after the name of this manor.

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Pearsall Spelling Variations


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Pearsall Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Pearsall, Pershall, Persall, Parsil, Parcell, Parcel and many more.

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Pearsall Early History


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Pearsall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pearsall research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1341, 1374, 1376, 1376, 1531, 1629, 1539, 1795 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Pearsall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pearsall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pearsall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pearsall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pearsall or a variant listed above:

Pearsall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Pearsall, who arrived in Virginia in 1631
  • Henry Pearsall, who arrived in Long Island in 1657

Pearsall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Pearsall, who left England for Maryland or Virginia in 1737

Pearsall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Pearsall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1866

Pearsall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Pearsall, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pearsall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pearsall (post 1700)



  • James B. Pearsall, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 1st District, 1869-70
  • J. Edward Pearsall (1920-1998), American politician, Mayor of Virginia, Minnesota, 1966-76
  • Gerald R. Pearsall, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 25th District, 1968 (primary), 1970
  • Edgar A. Pearsall (b. 1843), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1889-90, 1903-04
  • Denton Pearsall Jr., American Republican politician, Mayor of Mt. Vernon, New York, 1936-39
  • David J. Pearsall, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Osorno, 1943
  • David J. Pearsall, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1900
  • Charles Pearsall, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1869
  • C. Bruce Pearsall, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960, 1964
  • Patrick Murphy Pearsall (1859-1923), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1896
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Pearsall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pearsall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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