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Where did the English Pepper family come from? What is the English Pepper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pepper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pepper family history?The founding heritage of the Pepper family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Pepper comes from when one of the family worked as a spicer or seller of spices and/or pepper. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pepper has been spelled many different ways, including Pepper, Peper and others.
First found in Leicestershire 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 Pepper research. Another 240 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pepper History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Pepper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Pepper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Peppers to arrive in North America:
Pepper Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Pepper Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Pepper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pepper 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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