Pelston is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Kent.
Early Origins of the Pelston family
The surname Pelston was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Pelston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pelston research.Another 433 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1317, 1339, 1500, 1557, 1500, 1596, 1651, 1707, 1815, 1589, 1987, 1606, 1684, 1625 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Pelston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pelston Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Pelston family name include Bellison, Belson, Beleson, Belessone, Bellesson and many more.
Early Notables of the Pelston family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Beleson, a prominent 14th century landholder in Kent; Blessed Thomas Belson (executed 5 July 1589), an English Roman Catholic layman from... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pelston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pelston family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Pelston surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Thomas Belson who arrived in Virginia in 1654.