The ancestry of the name Pelgroves dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Palgrave
in various counties throughout England
. Pelgroves is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Pelgroves family
The surname Pelgroves was first found in Suffolk
at Palgrave, a village and civil parish that dates back to 962 when it was listed as Palegrave. By the Domesday Book
of 1086 the village's name evolved to Palegraua which was listed there at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Great Palgrave in Norfolk
has a similar entry in the Domesday Book
but this entry is the first listing and therefore it is presumed a more recent village. The place name literally means "grove where the poles are got" from the Old English "pal + "graf" or "grove or a man called Paga" from the Old English personal name
+ "graf." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Pelgroves family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelgroves research.Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1554 and 1525 are included under the topic Early Pelgroves History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pelgroves 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 Pelgroves have been found, including Palgrave, Palgrove and others.
Early Notables of the Pelgroves family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Palsgrave (c.1480-1554), an English priest of Henry VIII of England's court. In 1525, he was appointed tutor to Henry's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. The expression... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pelgroves Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pelgroves family to Ireland
Some of the Pelgroves family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 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 Pelgroves 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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Pelgroves, or a variant listed above: Richard Palgrave, his wife Anne and their three daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary, who arrived in Charlestown, MA in 1630.