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The name McPeak arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The McPeak family lived in Staffordshire. 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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The surname McPeak was first found in Staffordshire where "among the earliest known bearers of the name are Richard del Pech or del Pek (d. 1196), son of Ranulf, Sheriff of Nottingham, and Willielmus Piec, who was in Winchester in 1194." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Another possible progenitor of the family could have been Uluric Pec c. 1095 who was listed in Suffolk, [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
but this is believed to be an isolated case of the surname. William de Peke was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296 and William atte Peke was listed in Devon in 1321. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Isabell del Pek; and Martyn del Pek. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPeak research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1283, 1551, 1619, 1592, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early McPeak History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Peake of Achurch; Robert Peake the Elder (c. 1551-1619), an English painter; and Sir Robert Peake ( ca. 1592-1667), English print-seller and Royalist, he was exiled for refusing...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McPeak Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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 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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McPeak Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McPeak, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Michael McPeak, aged 39, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Hugh McPeak, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

McPeak Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Catherine McPeak, aged 43, a housekeeper, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Mary McPeak, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Sarah McPeak, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
  • Catherine McPeak, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maraval" in 1879
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  • Merrill Anthony "Tony" McPeak (b. 1936), 14th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • William "Bill" Patrick McPeak (1926-1991), American football player and National Football League coach
  • Holly McPeak (b. 1969), American beach volleyball player
  • Tony McPeak, Scottish former professional footballer
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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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