Pelle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Pelle emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Pelle is derived from a pet form of the personal name Peter.

Early Origins of the Pelle family

The surname Pelle was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pelle family

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Pelle Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Pell, Pelle, Pel, Pels, Pells, Pelles and others.

Early Notables of the Pelle family (pre 1700)

Prominent in the family at this time was Sir John Henry Pelly, 1st Baronet Pelly (1777-1852) Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), for three decades, Governor of the Bank of England. William Pell (1634-1698), was an English nonconformist minister, ejected in 1662 and John Pell (1611-1685) was an English mathematician from Southwick in Sussex. From 1654 to 1658 Pell...
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Pelle Ranking

In France, the name Pelle is the 1,109th most popular surname with an estimated 4,915 people with that name. [1]

United States Pelle migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Pelle:

Pelle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Pelle who settled in New England in 1709
Pelle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pierre Pelle, who arrived in Louisiana in 1834 [2]
  • Arnold Pelle, who landed in America in 1845 [2]
  • Marianne Pelle, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1846 [2]
  • Aug Pelle, who arrived in America in 1847 [2]
  • Heinr W Pelle, who landed in America in 1848-1849 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Pelle (post 1700) +

  • Nathan Pelle, American film and television actor
  • Jon Pelle (b. 1986), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Anthony Pelle (b. 1972), American professional basketball player
  • Antonio Pelle (1932-2009), Italian mafiosi
  • Pelle Carlberg (b. 1969), Swedish singer/songwriter
  • Pelle Helmer Petterson (b. 1932), Swedish four-time gold medalist sailor and yacht designer
  • Pelle Sebastian Hillstrom, Swedish music artist and songwriter

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  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook