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Where did the English McPeak family come from? What is the English McPeak family crest and coat of arms? When did the McPeak family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McPeak family history?

The name McPeak arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The McPeak family lived in Denbighshire. The surname of Peak derives from the Old English word pekke, indicating the top of a mountain or hill, and was a local name distinguishing a person who lived by a prominent peak.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled MacPeake, Peak, Peake and others.

First found in Denbighshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPeak research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1194, 1284, 1283, 1668, 1551, 1619, 1592 and 1667 are included under the topic Early McPeak History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 105 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McPeak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McPeak family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with McPeak name or one of its variants:

McPeak Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Neal McPeak, aged 30, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Thomas McPeak, aged 19, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864

McPeak Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary McPeak, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Derry, in 1905
  • Patrick McPeak, aged 20, who landed in America from Derry, in 1906
  • Edward McPeak, aged 21, who landed in America from Convoy, Ireland, in 1911
  • James Patrick McPeak, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • John McPeak, aged 20, who landed in America from Swateragh, Ireland, in 1914


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  • Holly McPeak (b. 1969), American beach volleyball player
  • William "Bill" Patrick McPeak (1926-1991), American football player and National Football League coach
  • Merrill Anthony "Tony" McPeak (b. 1936), 14th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • Tony McPeak, Scottish former professional footballer


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  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The McPeak Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McPeak Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 May 2014 at 16:06.

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