McPeek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the McPeek family, who 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. 
Early Origins of the McPeek family
The surname McPeek 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."  Another possible progenitor of the family could have been Uluric Pec c. 1095 who was listed in Suffolk,  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. 
Early History of the McPeek family
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McPeek Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include MacPeake, Peak, Peake and others.
Early Notables of the McPeek family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the McPeek family to Ireland
Some of the McPeek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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McPeek migration to the United States +
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McPeek or a variant listed above:
McPeek Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bessie McPeek, who arrived in America, in 1903
- Earle McPeek, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1918
- Frank D. McPeek, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1919
Contemporary Notables of the name McPeek (post 1700) +
- Kenneth G. McPeek (b. 1962), American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer
- Russell Roy McPeek (1876-1945), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 5th Circuit, 1923-41
- Grover Goldfield McPeek, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from West Virginia 1st District, 1946
- Charles Curtis McPeek, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Maryland, 1968 (5th District), 2002 (7th District)
- Billie F. McPeek, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
- Benjamin Dewey McPeek (1934-1981), Canadian composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist
- Marcos McPeek Villatoro (b. 1962), American author of six novels, two collections of poetry and a memoir
Related Stories +
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)