Pedley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pedley is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a person who worked as the pedder. Pedlars often carried his wares in a pack as he traveled throughout the countryside. But the name was originally derived from the Old English word pedder, which meant wicker worker or someone who worked with baskets.

Early Origins of the Pedley family

The surname Pedley was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pedley family

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Pedley Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Pedley has appeared include Pedler, Pedlar, Pedlow, Pedley, Pegler, Pedder and many more.

Early Notables of the Pedley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Pedley family to Ireland

Some of the Pedley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Pedley migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Pedley arrived in North America very early:

Pedley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Pedley, who settled in Virginia in 1660
Pedley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Pedley, who landed in New England in 1712 [1]
  • Elizabeth Pedley, who landed in Virginia in 1718 [1]
Pedley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moses Pedley, aged 39, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Pedley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [1]
  • Miss Pedley, aged 23, who immigrated to America from London, in 1893
  • William E. Pedley, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1893
Pedley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arthur Pedley, aged 20, who settled in America from Stoke on Trent, England, in 1906
  • Frederick James Pedley, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Newcastle, Tyne, England, in 1907
  • Ann Pedley, aged 46, who landed in America from Macclesfield, England, in 1907
  • Emma Pedley, aged 31, who landed in America from Wallsall, England, in 1909
  • William Everast Pedley, aged 53, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Pedley migration to Australia +

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

Pedley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Pedley, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pedley (post 1700) +

  • Eric Leader Pedley (1896-1986), American champion polo player
  • Geoffrey Stephen Pedley (1940-1998), English cleric, Anglican Bishop of Lancaster from 1998 until 2005
  • William Everard Pedley (1858-1920), English civil engineer and first-class cricketer for Sussex
  • Arthur Charles Pedley CB (1859-1943), British civil servant
  • Timothy John "Tim" Pedley FRS (b. 1942), British mathematician, former G. I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Cambridge
  • Ethel Charlotte Pedley (1859-1898), Australian author and musician, best known for her book Dot and the Kangaroo
  • Leslie Pedley (b. 1930), Australian botanist who specialised in the genus Acacia

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Charles Arnold  Pedley (1871-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]

The Pedley Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.

  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. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved
  3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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