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

Pells Early Origins



The surname Pells 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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Pells Spelling Variations


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Pells 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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Pells Early History


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Pells Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pells 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 Pells History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Pells Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Pells 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 Pells 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pells Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Barnabus Pells, British convict from Gibralter, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • John Pells arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • Martha Pells arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • John Pells, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon"

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Pells Historic Events


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Pells Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mrs. Mary Anita Pells, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada returning to Kensington, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master John Pells, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada returning to Kensington, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Cyril Elmore Pells, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada returning to Kensington, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. 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. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Pells Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pells 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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