The present generation of the Pelison family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Kent.
Early Origins of the Pelison family
The surname Pelison was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Pelison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelison research.Another 433 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1339, 1500, 1557, 1500, 1596, 1651, 1707, 1815, 1589, 1987, 1606, 1684, 1625 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Pelison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pelison Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Pelison include Bellison, Belson, Beleson, Belessone, Bellesson and many more.
Early Notables of the Pelison family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Beleson, a prominent 14th century landholder in Kent; Blessed Thomas Belson (executed 5 July 1589), an English Roman Catholic layman from... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pelison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pelison family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Pelison were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Belson who arrived in Virginia in 1654.