The distinguished surname Pely 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 Pely is derived from a pet form of the personal name Peter.
Early Origins of the Pely family
The surname Pely 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.
Early History of the Pely family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pely 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 Pely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pely Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Pely family (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 Pely Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pely family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Pely: Peter Pelle who settled in New England
in 1709; Richard Pell settled in Barbados in 1635; Thomas and Marie Pell settled in New England
in 1635; Joseph Pell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766 with his wife and two children.