Peach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Peach reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Peach family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peach family lived in Kent. It is thought that Peachy is of topographical origin, distinguishing a bearer who lived near a peach tree, sold peaches, or was associated with the fruit in some other way. In French it is written peche, and the addition of the letter y on to the end of the name is probably the result of its Anglicization.

Early Origins of the Peach family

The surname Peach was first found in Kent where the name descends from the baronial name Peche, Latinized De Peccato. One of the oldest recordings of the name is found in a stained glass window at Lullingstone in Kent. [1]

Early History of the Peach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peach research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1671, 1737, 1736, 1723, 1808 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Peach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peach Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Peach family name include Peachy, Peach, Peache, Peachee, Peachey, Peche and many more.

Early Notables of the Peach family (pre 1700)

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United States Peach migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Peach family to immigrate North America:

Peach Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Arthur Peach, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • William Peach, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [2]
  • John Peach, who landed in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1648 [2]
  • Dosabell Peach, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Thomas Peach, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Peach Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dorothy Peach, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Daniel Peach, who arrived in America in 1788 [2]
Peach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca Peach, aged 38, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [2]

Australia Peach migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Peach Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Peach, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839 [3]
  • W. Peach, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Peach 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:

Peach Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Peach, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Halcyon" arriving in New Zealand in 1851 [5]
  • Mr. Dixon Peach, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the ship "Dunedin" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th March 1860 [5]
  • Mr. Frederick Peach, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the ship "Dunedin" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th March 1860 [5]
  • Mr. Nathan Peach, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the ship "Dunedin" arriving in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand on 12th March 1860 [5]
  • John Peach, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peach (post 1700) +

  • Kenneth Peach (1903-1988), American cinematographer
  • Samuel M. Peach, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Prince George's County, 1908 [6]
  • Richard Peach, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Prince George's County, 1824-26 [6]
  • John Peach, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1956 [6]
  • Charles Thomas Peach (1862-1921), American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1904, 1906, 1910, 1918; Candidate for Governor of Connecticut, 1908, 1920 [6]
  • Bowdy E. Peach (b. 1979), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State Senate 27th District, 2008 [6]
  • Alan Peach (1890-1961), English cricketer
  • Charles William Peach (1800-1886), British naturalist and geologist from Wansford, Northamptonshire
  • David Peach (b. 1951), British footballer on England's national team in 1977
  • William Norman "Bill" Peach AM (1935-2013), Australian television journalist, host of the ABC current affairs program This Day Tonight from 1967 to 1975
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Robert James  Peach (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Howard Peach, British Leading Signalman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. 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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY LILFORD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyLilford.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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