The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland
were the first to use the name Pesley. The Pesley family lived in the town of Paisley
(now part of the Strathclyde region).
Early Origins of the Pesley family
The surname Pesley was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland
to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Pesley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pesley research.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1179, 1199, 1202, and 1320 are included under the topic Early Pesley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pesley Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Pesley has been spelled Paisley, Pasley and others.
Early Notables of the Pesley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pesley family to Ireland
Some of the Pesley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pesley family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: George Paisley arrived in Philadelphia in 1853; James Paisley arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1774 with his wife and brother John.
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