Pleydell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pleydell family

The surname Pleydell was first found in Wiltshire 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 Pleydell family

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Pleydell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pleydell, Playdell and others.

Early Notables of the Pleydell family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir Charles Pleydell of Midgehall, Wiltshire; John Pleydell (c 1601-1693), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1660 and 1689...
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United States Pleydell migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pleydell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Pleydell, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [1]
Pleydell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Sheridan Pleydell, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1874

Australia Pleydell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pleydell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Pleydell, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pleydell (post 1700) +

  • Susan Pleydell (1907-1986), nom de plume of the Scottish-born novelist Susan Senior
  • William Pleydell Bouverie (1779-1869), 3rd Earl Radnor, a distinguished British Whig politician, born in London on 11 May 1779, descended from a Huguenot family which settled in Canterbury in the sixteenth century [3]


The Pleydell 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: Imitari quam invidere
Motto Translation: To imitate rather than envy.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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