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 Pelfreyman 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 Pelfreyman family
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Pelfreyman Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pelfreyman have been found, including: Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
Early Notables of the Pelfreyman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pelfreyman family to Ireland
Some of the Pelfreyman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pelfreyman family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Pelfreyman, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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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