The English surname Palfrey is an occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses. The name which is frequently found in Devon and surrounding counties derives from the Middle English term palfrey meaning “ a saddle-horse” (Old French palefrei). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John le Palfreyman, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire." A notable bearer of the name is the Australian Cricket player Brent Palfreyman from Tasmania.
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