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?