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Pelham Surname Origin
(Locality). From the lordship of Pelham, in Hertfordshire, England, either from peele, a tower, castle, or from pool, a small lake, and ham, a village.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Pelham Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Pelham Family History Thought:
'We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson