The surname of PEASLEE (also spelt PEASLEY and PEISLEY) has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Punchestown, County Kildare; Granted by Preston, Ulster in 1638 to Bartholomew Peisly of that place, Comptroller to Thomas, Viscount Wentworth, Lord Deputy of Ireland, son of George Peisley, Esq., of Ascot, County Oxford). The surname of PAISLEY is of local origin from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire. William Passeleue appears as a witness in charters by William The Lion circa. 1179-90. The name is actually first recorded in 1157 as PASSELETH, then in 1158 as PAISLETH and in 1163 as PASSELET. The name was recorded in early medieval documents as 'basilica' meaning church. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. Alba, the country which became Scotland, was once shared by four races; the Picts who controlled most of the land north of the Central Belt; the Britons, who had their capital at Dumbarton and held sway over the south west, including modern Cumbria; the Angles, who were Germanic in origin and annexed much of the Eastern Borders in the seventh century, and the Scots. The latter came to Alba from the north of Ireland late in the 5th century to establish a colony in present day Argyll, which they named Dalriada, after their homeland. The Latin name SCOTTI simply means a Gaelic speaker. Other records of the name mention Johannes de Passelet who was the canon of Glasgow, witnessed a gift of half of Litel Guvan to the Hospital of Polmade in 1320. Henry Paslaye was burgess freeman of Glasgow in 1600. John Pasly was a schoolmaster in Dalmellington in the year 1689. There was also a Dumfriesshire family named Paisley, several members of which distinguished themselves in public service. The Rose depicted in the arms is used as a distinction for the seventh son. The Distinction of Houses are used to distinguish the younger from the elder branches of a family, and to show from which line each is descended.
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