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Wow! I had no idea there were Palens in so many different countries! As far as I know, my Palen ancestors (or Palin, as our family spelled it) came from the Welsh/English border, and the name was Welsh, derived from "Ap Heilyn" (Heilen,Haylin, etc.)which meant "son of Heilyn" - (at the moment I don't remember the meaning of the name "Heilyn".) Our branch of the Palin family were Quakers, and they had land first in Virginia, then Pasquotank, North Carolina (and possibly in Pennsylvania and/or Delaware as well.) Our oral family history is that Henry Palin married a Native American (possibly Delaware tribe?)who was being educated at one of the Quaker schools. There was a Henry Pawlin (spelled various ways)who was a fur trader in Pennsylvania - does anyone know if this is the same Henry who had land in Pasquotank, NC? (or possibly a descendant/relative.) Also does anyone else have the Indian tradition in their Palin family history?
Also, one of the early Palins married into the Plater family - does anyone else go back to these Palins?