Pelling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pelling predates the arrival of the Normans in Britain, and as such is one of the older names in the British Isles. As a surname, Pelling is thought to be derived from the place named Peelings in Sussex (on record in the Domesday Book of 1066 as Pellinges). This place name is in turn thought to be derived from the Old English word "Pydelingas," or "the people of Pydel."

Early Origins of the Pelling family

The surname Pelling was first found in Lewes, Sussex where a Hammyng de Pellyng was on record in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296. Other early records include a William Pelling recorded in 1222, in the Building Accounts of King Henry III, Wylelmus Pylyng, recorded in the Poll Tax for Yorkshire in 1379. As far as the origin of the name, Pilling means "creek" and while creeks are quite common throughout England, the name is not.

Early History of the Pelling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelling research. Another 25 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1777, 1852 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Pelling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pelling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pelling, Pylyng, Peling and others.

Early Notables of the Pelling family (pre 1700)

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Pelling migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pelling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Pelling, who landed in New York in 1830 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pelling (post 1700)

  • Maurice Pelling, American art director
  • Harry Pelling (1855-1916), English-born Australian artist and art teacher
  • Albert Pelling (1903-1977), British Olympic fencer
  • John Pelling (b. 1936), British Olympic fencer
  • Rowan Dorothy Pelling (b. 1968), female British journalist and broadcaster
  • Nick Pelling (b. 1964), British-born computer programmer
  • Henry Mathison Pelling (1920-1997), British historian
  • Andrew John Pelling (b. 1959), British politician
  • Nadine Pelling, Lecturer at the University of New England in Australia


  1. ^ 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)
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