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Pelphrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Pelphrey is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a person who worked as the palfreyman, who was in charge of the palfreys. This occupational surname was first derived from the Old French word parfrement which referred to the individual who saddled horses for women. The term palfrey usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Pelphrey family


The surname Pelphrey was first found in Hampshire 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 Pelphrey family


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Pelphrey Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pelphrey include Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.

Early Notables of the Pelphrey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Pelphrey family to Ireland


Some of the Pelphrey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Pelphrey family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Peter Palfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1624; John Palfrey, who arrived in Cambridge, MA in 1658; Jonathan Palfrey, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Barbados in 1698.

Contemporary Notables of the name Pelphrey (post 1700)


  • Tom Pelphrey (b. 1982), American Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, known for his work on Guiding Light and As the World Turns
  • John Leslie Pelphrey (b. 1968), American college assistant basketball coach at the University of Alabama

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