Peet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Peet is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that was given to a person who was a person who was referred to as Peat. The surname Peet was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.

Early Origins of the Peet family

The surname Peet was first found in Kent 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.

Important Dates for the Peet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peet research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610, 1672, 1630, 1699, 1593, 1652 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Peet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peet Spelling Variations

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 Peet has undergone many spelling variations, including Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.

Early Notables of the Peet family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Peter Pett, (fl 1563), master-shipwright at Deptford. He was great-grandson of Thomas Pett of Skipton in Cumberland. "But Skipton is in Yorkshire, and, though some of his kin may have settled in the north, it is more probable that he belonged to the family of the name which early in the fifteenth century owned property at Pett in the parish of Stockbury in Kent. " [1] He was progenitor of the...
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Peet migration to the United States

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 Peet were among those contributors:

Peet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Peet, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1774 [2]
Peet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Peet, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 [2]
  • E. W. Peet, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Ada Peet, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Francis Peet, aged 24, who landed in America from Oswestry, in 1894
Peet Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frank Peet, aged 4, who settled in America from Nunhead, in 1903
  • Geo. Jones Peet, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Charles Peet, aged 38, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Cornelis Peet, aged 9, who landed in America from Ensdade, Holland, in 1907
  • Charles Peet, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peet migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. David Peet U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 son of David Peet Sr. [3]
Peet Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Chesley Peet, aged 27, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1922
  • Cecil Peet, aged 25, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1924

Peet migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Peet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hastings Peet, (b. 1854), aged 21, Irish labourer from County Kerry travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Miss Jane Peet, (b. 1851), aged 24, Irish servant from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Miss Catherine Peet, (b. 1856), aged 19, Irish servant from County Down travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]
  • Mr. Daniel Peet, (b. 1855), aged 20, Irish labourer from County Kerry travelling from London aboard the ship "Waimate" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th December 1875 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peet (post 1700)

  • Charles Bostwick Peet (1837-1902), American clothier, co-founder of Rogers, Peet & Co based in New York City in 1874
  • Marguerite Munger "Margot" Peet (1903-1995), American painter; her family found over 430 of her paintings after her death
  • Amanda Peet (b. 1972), American Young Hollywood Award winning actress, known for her roles in 2012 (2009), Identity (2003) and A Lot Like Love (2005)
  • Wayne Peet (b. 1954), American jazz pianist and organist
  • Bill Peet (1915-2002), born William Bartlett Peed, an American children's book illustrator and a story writer for Disney Studios
  • Alfred Peet (1920-2007), Dutch-American entrepreneur and the founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea
  • Frank S. Peet, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Kent; Elected 1926 [5]
  • Frank H. Peet (1892-1964), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Kent, 1939-40; Member of Connecticut State Senate [5]
  • Edward L. Peet, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [5]
  • E. G. Peet, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1908 [5]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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