Pleyfair is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person known as a "companion" derived from a combination of the Middle English words "pley" meaning "sport" and "fere." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In Scotland
, the name Pleyfair is often a variant of Playford.
Early Origins of the Pleyfair family
The surname Pleyfair was first found in Kent
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 Pleyfair family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pleyfair research.Another 225 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pleyfair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pleyfair Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Pleyfair were recorded, including Playfair, Pleyfair, Playford and others.
Early Notables of the Pleyfair family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Pleyfair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pleyfair family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Pleyfair family emigrate to North America: James Playfair, who settled in Virginia in 1722; Andrew Playfair, who came to Canada in 1817 Charles Playfair William Playfair and Mary Playfair, who all arrived at the port of New York in 1820.