Pellew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Pellew 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 Pellew is derived from a pet form of the personal name Peter.

Early Origins of the Pellew family

The surname Pellew 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 Pellew family

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Pellew 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 Pellew 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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Australia Pellew migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pellew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Johnson Pellew, English convict who was convicted in Exeter, Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Thomas Pellew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [2]
  • William Pellew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [2]
  • John Pellew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [2]
  • Edward Pellew, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [2]
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New Zealand Pellew migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pellew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Pellew, (b. 1855), aged 21, Cornish printer departing on 24th June 1876 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th September 1876 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Pellew, (b. 1852), aged 24, Cornish blacksmith departing on 24th June 1876 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th September 1876 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pellew (post 1700) +

  • Pownoll Pellew (1786-1833), 2nd Viscount Exmouth, British naval officer and MP
  • Nip Pellew (1893-1981), Australian cricketer
  • Mark Pellew (b. 1942), British diplomat
  • Israel Pellew (1758-1832), British naval officer and admiral
  • Henry Pellew (1828-1923), 6th Viscount Exmouth, British philanthropist and peer
  • Fleetwood Pellew (1789-1861), British naval officer and admiral
  • Edward Pellew (1890-1922), 5th Viscount Exmouth, British army officer and landowner
  • Edward Pellew (1861-1899), 4th Viscount Exmouth, British army officer and landowner
  • Edward Pellew (1811-1876), 3rd Viscount Exmouth, British peer
  • Edward Pellew (1757-1833), 1st Viscount Exmouth, British naval officer and admiral
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  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PAKENHAM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Pakenham.htm
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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