The founding heritage of the Petlow family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Petlow comes from when one of the family worked as a person who worked as the pedder. Pedlars
often carried his wares in a pack as he traveled throughout the countryside. But the name was originally derived from the Old English word pedder,
which meant wicker worker
or someone who worked with baskets.
Early Origins of the Petlow family
The surname Petlow was first found in Devon
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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Petlow family
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Petlow Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Petlow has been spelled many different ways, including Pedler, Pedlar, Pedlow, Pedley, Pegler, Pedder and many more.
Early Notables of the Petlow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Petlow family to Ireland
Some of the Petlow family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 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 Petlow family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Petlows to arrive in North America: Francis and Robert Pedler, who settled in St. Christopher in 1633; Roger Pedlers, who settled in Virginia in 1655; George Pedley, who settled in Virginia in 1660.
The Petlow Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Animo non astutia
Motto Translation: By courage, not by craft.