Pellow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Pellow reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pellow family lived in Yorkshire. The name, however, refers to the region of Belleau or Bella Aqua in France, both of which translate as good water or clear water. 
The name also stretched north into Scotland where "Gilbert de Beleawe witnessed gift of the 'eschalingas i Lambremore' to the church of Kelso by William de Vyerpunt c. 1160. 
Early Origins of the Pellow family
The surname Pellow was first found in Yorkshire, where the name is "probably of Norman origin, meaning bel-eau, in Latin, Bella-aqua, the fair water; the designation of some locality. John be Bellew was a Baron of Parliament temp. Edward I." 
The family claim that the founder of the Bellews was a marshal in the army of the Conqueror. Some of the eighteen knights who were in direct succession settled in Ireland at Bellewstown, in the county of Meath and in Louth in the 13th century. 
Another source claims the name "is an old, though now a rare, Devonshire name."  This source also notes that the family had been lords of the manor of Stockleigh-English for more than 150 years.
Early History of the Pellow family
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Pellow Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pellow family name include Bellew, Belew, Below, Bella and others.
Early Notables of the Pellow family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Bellew ( fl. 1585), English legal reporter, "published in 1585 an abridgment of the reports of Statham Fitzherbert and Brooke, described by...
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Migration of the Pellow family to Ireland
Some of the Pellow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Pellow migration to the United States +
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Pellow family to immigrate North America:
Pellow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mr. William Pellow, (b. 1876), aged 23, Cornish labourer, from St Ives, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th July 1899 en route to Calumet, Michigan, USA 
Pellow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mr. William Pellow, (b. 1879), aged 21, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th February 1900 en route to Calumet, Michigan, USA 
- Mr. William Pellow, (b. 1874), aged 30, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th April 1904 en route to Hancock, Michigan, USA 
- Mr. Simon V. Pellow, (b. 1883), aged 22, Cornish stonemason, from St Austell, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Caronia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th May 1905 en route to Michigan City, Indiana, USA 
- Mr. Vivian Pellow, (b. 1878), aged 27, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Red Jacket, Michigan, USA 
Pellow migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Pellow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Pellow, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"
- Mr. John Pellow, (b. 1839), aged 18, Cornish farm labourer departing from Plymouth aboard the ship "Fitzjames" arriving in Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia on 1st April 1857 
- Edwin Pellow, aged 6, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" 
- Emily Pellow, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" 
- Louisa Pellow, aged 17, a domestic, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" 
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Pellow 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:
Pellow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. W. T. Pellow, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
- W. Pellow, British settler travelling from Plymouth with family aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th March 1858 
- Miss Maria Pellow, (b. 1854), aged 19, Cornish servant departing on 16th July 1873 aboard the ship "Adamant" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 17th October 1873 
- Mr. James Pellow, (b. 1844), aged 30, Cornish stonemason departing on 20th March 1874 aboard the ship "Northampton" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 6th June 1874 
- Mr. John S. Pellow, (b. 1860), aged 19, Cornish farm labourer departing on 29th May 1879 aboard the ship "Famenoth" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th September 1879 
Contemporary Notables of the name Pellow (post 1700) +
- David Naguib Pellow (b. 1969), American author who has written widely on themes, and edited books, related to the environment
- Kit Donovan Pellow (b. 1973), former American Major League Baseball utility player
- Thomas Pellow (b. 1704), Cornish author, best known for his slave story "The History of the Long Captivity and Adventures of Thomas Pellow in South-Barbary…"
- Marti Pellow (b. 1965), born Mark McLachlan, Scottish pop star and lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet
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The Pellow 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: Tout d'en haut
Motto Translation: All from above.
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