Origins Available: English
The French family name Pelky 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 Pelky family
The surname Pelky 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 Pelky family
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Pelky Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Pelky, some of which include Peletier, Pelletier, Pelletiers, Pelletiere, Pelletierre, le Pelletiere, Peltier, Peltiers, Peltiere, Peltierre, Le Peltier, Pellettier, Pellettiere, Peltear, Pelteare and many more.
Early Notables of the Pelky family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pelky family to the New World and Oceana
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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Pelky were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Pelky were François (1684), René (1679), Mathurin (1756) Pelletier all arrived in Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France; Georges Pelletier arrived in Quebec in 1652 from Normandie.
The Pelky 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.