The name Tolefree has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons
ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a person who worked as the palfreyman,
who was in charge of the palfreys. This occupational
surname was first derived from the Old French word parfrement
which referred to the individual who saddled horses for women. The term palfrey
usually referred to the most expensive and highly-bred types of riding horse during the Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Tolefree family
The surname Tolefree was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the Tolefree family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tolefree research.Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1200, 1321, 1359, 1411, 1589, 1637 and 1638 are included under the topic Early Tolefree History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tolefree 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. Tolefree has been spelled many different ways, including Palfrey, Palfry, Palfreyer, Palfreyman and others.
Early Notables of the Tolefree family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Tolefree family to Ireland
Some of the Tolefree family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 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 Tolefree 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 Tolefrees to arrive in North America: Peter Palfrey, who was on record in Massachusetts in 1624; John Palfrey, who arrived in Cambridge, MA in 1658; Jonathan Palfrey, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Barbados in 1698.