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

When the ancestors of the Peck family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Denbighshire. The surname of Peck 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.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Peck has been recorded under many different variations, including Peck, Pecke and others.

First found in Essex 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peck research. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1390, 1692 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Peck History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pecks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Peck Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Peck settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Elizabeth Peck, aged 4, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Francis Peck, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Israel Peck, aged 7, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Margery Peck, aged 40, landed in New England in 1635

Peck Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Peck, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Anna Catherina Peck, aged 10, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anthony Peck, aged 12, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Engelina Peck, aged 37, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johan Henrich Peck, aged 7, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733

Peck Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Peck arrived in New York in 1823 with her husband and four children
  • Solomon R Peck, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Sherman Peck, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Peter Peck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Mary Anne Peck, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1855


  • Ethan Peck (b. 1986), American actor
  • George Washington Peck (1818-1905), United States Representative from the state of Michigan
  • M Scott Peck (1936-2005), American psychiatrist and author
  • Dale Peck (b. 1967), American novelist, critic, and columnist
  • John Edward Peck (b. 1958), American film and television actor
  • Ralph Brazelton Peck (1912-2008), American civil engineer specializing in soil mechanics
  • Eldred Gregory Peck (1916-2003), American Academy Award winning film actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, best known for his performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • Private Archie A. Peck (1894-1978), American soldier in the United States Army, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the World War I
  • Jesse Truesdell Peck (1811-1883), American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Charles Horton Peck (1833-1917), American mycologist who described over 2700 species of North American fungi



  • Klein-Peck: Prairie Milestones by Philip Cuthbert Biddle.
  • A Sense of Place, Northwest Ohio by Mary Mae Campbell.


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