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

The name Peacock comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was concerned with his/her looks or manners. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Peacock has undergone many spelling variations, including Peacock, Peacocke and others.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peacock research. Another 328 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1300 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Peacock History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Peacock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Peacock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 140 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Peacock were among those contributors:

  • Mathew, Michael, Richard, and Robert Peacock settled in Virginia in the 17th century

Peacock Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniel Peacock settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Charles Peacock settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Charles Peacock, aged 28, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Michaell Peacock, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Mathew Peacock, who landed in Virginia in 1651

Peacock Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Peacock, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Jeremiah Peacock, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • Jane Peacock, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Hugh Peacock, who arrived in America in 1785

Peacock Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • James Peacock, aged 27, arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • Jonathan Peacock, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Philip Peacock, who arrived in New York in 1833
  • Thomas Peacock, who landed in Mississippi in 1844
  • Sampson Peacock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


  • Charlie Peacock (b. 1956), American songwriter
  • Gary Peacock (b. 1935), American jazz double-bassist
  • Howell Peacock (1889-1962), American head coach of men's college basketball
  • Molly Peacock (b. 1947), American poet
  • Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), English satirist and author
  • James Darryl Peacock MBE (b. 1977), English professional rugby league footballer
  • Trevor Peacock (b. 1931), English stage and television character actor
  • Gavin Keith Peacock (b. 1967), former English professional football player
  • Gavin Peacock (b. 1967), former English professional footballer
  • George Peacock (1791-1858), English mathematician



  • The Sharp Family of Southern New Jersey by Albert Stirling Adams.
  • The Peacock, Rueff, Kittle, Van Deusen, Quackenbos, McCarn, Kayser and Related Families in New Netherland, 1623-1759 by Earle Franklin Peacox.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Be just and fear not
Motto Translation: Be just and fear not


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  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  11. ...

The Peacock Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peacock 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.

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