Pershall is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Pershall family lived in Staffordshire
, at Pearsall, from whence they took their name.
Early Origins of the Pershall family
The surname Pershall was first found in Staffordshire
where they held an estate now known as Pearshall, Peshale or Pershall. "The family are of Norman origin, having been founded a the place referred to by Robert, a follower of Robert of Stafford, early in the reign of the Conqueror." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Robert Fitz Gilbert de Corbeil, acquired the manor of Peshale, and his son Robert was the first to begin calling himself de Peshale after the name of this manor.
Early History of the Pershall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pershall research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1341, 1374, 1376, 1376, 1531, 1629, 1539, 1795 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Pershall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pershall Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Pershall are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Pershall include Pearsall, Pershall, Persall, Parsil, Parcell, Parcel and many more.
Early Notables of the Pershall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pershall family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Pershall, or a variant listed above:
Pershall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Jonas Pershall, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)