Peacock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Peacock comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was concerned with his/her looks or manners. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Peacock family

The surname Peacock was first found in Durham 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.

Early History of the Peacock family

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Peacock 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 Peacock has undergone many spelling variations, including Peacock, Peacocke and others.

Early Notables of the Peacock family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Peacock family to Ireland

Some of the Peacock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Peacock 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 Peacock were among those contributors:

Peacock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Peacock, who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Charles Peacock, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Charles Peacock, aged 28, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Michaell Peacock, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Mathew Peacock, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Peacock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Peacock, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
  • Jeremiah Peacock, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • Jane Peacock, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
  • Hugh Peacock, who arrived in America in 1785 [1]
Peacock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Peacock, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [1]
  • Jonathan Peacock, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Mathew, Michael, Richard, and Robert Peacock, who settled in Virginia in the 17th century
  • Philip Peacock, who arrived in New York in 1833 [1]
  • Sampson Peacock, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Peacock migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peacock Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Peacock, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Peacock Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Peacock, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • John Peacock, aged 12, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "Ceres" from Sligo, Ireland

Australia Peacock migration to Australia +

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

Peacock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Peacock, British convict who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 19th November 1827, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Peacock a merchant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [3]
  • Maria Peacock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [3]
  • Sarah Peacock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [3]
  • Marion Peacock, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenalvon" in 1838 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Peacock 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:

Peacock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. W Peacock, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Spray" arriving in New Zealand in 1852 [4]
  • Mr. Peacock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Rajah" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th October 1853 [4]
  • Child Peacock, (b. 1862), aged 11 months, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [5]
  • Mr. Oliver Peacock, (b. 1838), aged 24, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [5]
  • Mrs. Lavinia Peacock, (b. 1841), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peacock (post 1700) +

  • Molly Peacock (b. 1947), American poet
  • Howell Peacock (1889-1962), American head coach of men's college basketball
  • Gary Peacock (b. 1935), American jazz double-bassist
  • Charlie Peacock (b. 1956), American songwriter
  • Gomer Peacock, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1952 [6]
  • Frank Peacock, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1889-92 [6]
  • Ed Peacock, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1995 [6]
  • Charles J. Peacock Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1972 [6]
  • Carroll B. Peacock, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Washington County (3rd), 1931-32 [6]
  • Alexander Rolland Peacock, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 [6]
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William Peacock (b. 1921), Welsh Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
  • Mr. John E C Peacock (b. 1911), English Surgeon Lieutenant (D) serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Elizabeth L. Peacock, American 2nd Class passenger from Jerome, Arizona, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]
  • Master Thomas Edward Peacock Jr., American 2nd Class passenger from Jerome, Arizona, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Edith Peacock (d. 1912), (née Nile), aged 26, English Third Class passenger from Southampton, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]
  • Miss Treasteall Peacock (d. 1912), aged 4, English Third Class passenger from Southampton, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]
  • Master Alfred Edward Peacock (d. 1912), aged 7 mths, English Third Class passenger from Southampton, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]


Suggested Readings for the name Peacock +

  • 1470 The Sharp Family of Southern New Jersey by Albert Stirling Adams, The Peacock, Rueff, Kittle, Van Deusen, Quackenbos, McCarn, Kayser and Related Families in New Netherland, 1623-1759 by Earle Franklin Peacox.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1827
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Glenalvon.gif
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  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. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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