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This surname was of the occupational group of surnames meaning 'the palfreyman' the man in charge of the palfreys, the saddler of the horses for the ladies. The name was originally derived from the Old French 'parfrement' and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Occupational surnames originally denoted the actual occupation followed by the individual. At what period they became hereditary is a difficult problem. Many of the occupation names were descriptive and could be varied. In the Middle Ages, at least among the Christian population, people did not usually pursue specialized occupations exclusively to the extent that we do today, and they would, in fact, turn their hand to any form of work that needed to be done, particularly in a large house or mansion, or on farms and smallholdings. In early documents, surnames often refer to the actual holder of an office, whether the church or state. The earliest of the name on records appears to be PALFREYMAN (without surname) who was recorded in the year 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday book. Other records of the name mention John le Palfreyman who was recorded in the year 1279 in Canterbury and Andrew Palfridus received a legacy from the Queen in 1328. Edward Palphreyman of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Thomas Palrayman of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Palfreman was burgess of Aberdeen in the year of 1411. Mary Pauefreman was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1553, and John Paphraman of County Yorkshire, registered at Oxford University in the year 1576.

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