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

Pelley Early Origins



The surname Pelley 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.

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Pelley Spelling Variations


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Pelley 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.

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Pelley Early History


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Pelley Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelley research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1777, 1852, 1634, 1698, 1662, 1608, 1669, 1611, 1685, 1654 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Pelley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pelley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pelley Early Notables (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), an English nonconformist minister, ejected in 1662; Thomas Pell (1608-1669) English physician and settler to New...

Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pelley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pelley:

Pelley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliz. Pelley, aged 30, who landed in America from Liverpool in 1892
  • Wm. Pelley, aged 32, who landed in America from Liverpool in 1892
  • Mrs. M. Pelley, aged 37, who emigrated to America from London, in 1894
  • Edward L. Pelley, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Julia Pelley, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1896

Pelley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Laurence Pelley, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Thomas Pelley, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Wallace Pelley, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • Mozes Pelley, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Albert Pelley, aged 16, who emigrated to America, in 1921

Pelley Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alexander John Pelley, aged 28, who emigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1904
  • John Pelley, aged 25, who settled in Beaverton, Newfoundland, in 1918
  • Edwin Pelley, aged 34, who landed in St Johns, Newfoundland in 1920
  • Dora Pelley, aged 39, who landed in Trinity, Newfoundland in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Pelley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Pelley (post 1700)



  • William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965), United States presidential candidate
  • Scott Pelley (b. 1957), American television journalist with the CBS magazine 60 Minutes
  • Rod Pelley (b. 1984), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward

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Pelley Historic Events


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Pelley Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. John  Pelley (1867-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    11. ...

    The Pelley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pelley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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