Pelfree is an Anglo-Saxon
name. The name was originally given to 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 Pelfree family
The surname Pelfree was first found in 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 Pelfree family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelfree research.Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1200, 1321, 1359, 1411, 1589, 1637 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Pelfree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pelfree 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 Pelfree has appeared include Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
Early Notables of the Pelfree family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pelfree family to Ireland
Some of the Pelfree family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pelfree family to the New World and Oceana
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 Pelfree arrived in North America very early: 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.