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The Anglo-Saxon name Pelham comes from the family having resided in the region of Pelham. Pelham 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. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Pelham Early Origins



The surname Pelham was first found in Hertfordshire at either Brent Pelham, Furneux Pelham or Stocking Pelham. Today they form the civil parish of Brent Pelham and Meesden. They date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where they were listed as Peleham. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

The place name literally means "homestead of a man called Peola." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Barndepelham was listed in 1230; Stokenepelham in 1235 and Pelham Furnelle in 1240. The prefixes literally mean "burnt, destroyed by fire" for the Old English word "baerned" and "made of logs" for the Old English word "stoccen." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The latter was from the de Fornellis family who lived there in the 13th century. Pelham's Lands or Pelhams Land is in the union of Boston, wapentake of Kirton, near the town of Boston, Lincolnshire. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

More early records of the family were found in the parish of Laughton in Sussex. "This parish, which is situated on the road from Lewes to Hastings, has been for ages the property of the Pelham family, earls of Chichester, whose ancient manorial mansion of Laughton Place, erected in 1534, is still remaining." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Pelham Spelling Variations


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Pelham Spelling Variations



Pelham has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Pelham, Pellam and others.

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Pelham Early History


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Pelham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelham research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1065, 1556, 1540, 1624, 1597, 1654, 1650, 1653, 1712, 1694, 1754, 1743, 1693, 1768, 1695, 1751, 1721, 1805, 1748, 1806, 1695, 1751 and 1756 are included under the topic Early Pelham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pelham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pelham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Pelham, 1st Baronet (c.15401624), Member of Parliament for Lewes, Surrey, and Sussex; Sir Thomas Pelham, 2nd Baronet (1597c.1654), Member of Parliament for East Grinstead and Sussex; Sir Peregrine Pelham (died 1650), an English Member of Parliament and one of the regicides...

Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pelham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pelhams to arrive on North American shores:

Pelham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Pelham settled with Penelope in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • William Pelham, who landed in New England in 1631
  • Herbert Pelham, who landed in New England in 1639
  • Nathaniel Pelham, who landed in New England in 1651
  • Henry Pelham, who arrived in Virginia in 1664
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pelham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Pelham, who arrived in New England in 1726
  • William Pelham and his wife Mary settled in Virginia in 1774

Pelham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Pelham arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  • Matthew Pelham, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pelham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pelham (post 1700)



  • William Pelham (1759-1827), American bookseller and publisher in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Henry Pelham (1748-1806), American painter, engraver, and cartographer
  • Peter Pelham (1721-1805), English-born American organist, harpsichordist, teacher and composer
  • William Pelham (1845-1933), American Union Navy sailor, recipient of Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Mobile Bay
  • Richard Pelham (1815-1876), born Richard Ward Pell, an American blackface performer; he often performed with his brother, Gilbert Pelham
  • John Pelham (1838-1863), American Confederate artillery officer during the American Civil War, nicknamed "The Gallant Pelham" for his military prowess and personal courage
  • George F. Pelham (1857-1937), Canadian-born, American architect
  • Charles Pelham (1835-1908), American politician, U.S. Representative from Alabama (1873-1875)
  • Henry Thomas Pelham (1804-1886), 3rd Earl of Chichester DL, styled Lord Pelham until 1826, an English nobleman
  • Rear Admiral Frederick Thomas Pelham CB (1808-1861), British Royal Navy officer, Second Naval Lord, son of Thomas Pelham, 2nd Earl of Chichester
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Pelham Historic Events


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Pelham Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Frederick Charles Pelham (1921-1941), Australian Bandsman from South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Pelham, aged 39, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15

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Motto


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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: Vincit amore patria
Motto Translation: My beloved country will conquer.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Pelham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pelham 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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