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Last name: Pell
Recorded in several forms including the basic Pell and Pelle, and diminutives Pellatt and Pellitt, and the patronymic Pells, this is an English surname, but one with possible French or even Greek antecedents. It has at least three possible origins. The first is a medieval metonymic occupational name for a dealer in furs and skins. Here the derivation is from the English or French word "pel", meaning a skin. The surname from this source is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century. The second distinct possibility is that the name derives from Pelle, a pet form of the personal name Peter.
The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald Pel, which was dated 1222, in the Pipe Rolls of Kent, during the reign of King Henry III of England. John Pelle is recorded in the Assize Court Rolls of the county of Cambridgeshire in 1260. There was also a Flemish Huguenot weaver called John Pell, who came to London with his wife and son in the late 1500s. A later example is that of Thomas Pell, given as being a carpenter, who with his wife Marie and their daughter Marie aged eleven embarked from the port of London in 1635, on the ship "Planter," bound for New England. They were among the earliest recorded name bearers to enter the new American colonies.

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