Variant of Pellehan, which may be derived from Welsh Beli Hen "BELI the Old". Pellam or Pellehan was one of the Grail-keepers in Arthurian tales, appearing in the 'Suite du Merlin'. This character was the father of PELLES and PELLINORE, grandfather of PERCIVAL, and great-grandfather of GALAHAD. He was wounded by BALIN with the Dolorous Stroke, and was henceforth known as the Maimed King. He was eventually healed by Galahad.