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Pelkey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English, French

The French family name Pelkey dates back to the Middle Ages. It was a Norman name given to a furrier. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word pellet, meaning animal skin, and was used to indicate a person in the trade of removing and selling the skins of animals.

Early Origins of the Pelkey family

The surname Pelkey was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the honors of Martinville, Molande, Ravinieres and Houssaye.

Early History of the Pelkey family

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Pelkey Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Pelkey some of which are Peletier, Pelletier, Pelletiers, Pelletiere, Pelletierre, le Pelletiere, Peltier, Peltiers, Peltiere, Peltierre, Le Peltier, Pellettier, Pellettiere, Peltear, Pelteare and many more.

Early Notables of the Pelkey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Pelkey family to the New World and Oceana

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Pelkey. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pelkey were

Pelkey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Fred Pelkey, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Henry P Pelkey, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Agnes Pelkey, aged 26, who settled in New York City, in 1920
  • Henry Pelkey, aged 22, who emigrated to Lynn, Massachusetts in 1921
  • Olive Pelkey, aged 30, who emigrated to Cleveland, O., in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pelkey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Arthur Pelkey, aged 35, who emigrated to Ford, Ontario, Canada, in 1917

Contemporary Notables of the name Pelkey (post 1700)

  • Michael Pelkey (b. 1940), American skydiver who is considered one of the founders of BASE jumping
  • Charles Pelkey, Author and editor of VeloNews.com
  • Arthur Pelkey (1884-1921), Canadian early 20th century heavyweight professional boxer from Chatham, Ontario, World White Heavyweight Champion (1913-1914)
  • B.J. Pelkey, Australian coach of the Australian Newcastle North Stars

The Pelkey 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: Adversis moveri nefas
Motto Translation: Turning away from wickedness.

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