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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 Peake 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. [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)


Peake Early Origins



The surname Peake 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)

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Peake Spelling Variations


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Peake 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.

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Peake Early History


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Peake Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peake 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 Peake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Peake Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Peake Early Notables (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...

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

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Peake In Ireland


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Peake In Ireland



Some of the Peake 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Peake or a variant listed above:

Peake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Peake who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Peake, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Peake, who arrived in New England in 1633
  • Marie Peake, aged 15, landed in New England in 1635
  • Christopher Peake, who landed in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Peake Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Lamp Peake, aged 25, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Herman Peake, who arrived in Mississippi in 1876

Peake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Peake, aged 31, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • Henry Peake, aged 39, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Peake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. S. Peake arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881

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Contemporary Notables of the name Peake (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Peake (post 1700)



  • James Benjamin Peake (b. 1944), American former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2007-2009), 40th Surgeon General of the United States Army
  • Willis Royal Peake (1836-1901), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Bristol, 1876; Member of Vermont State Senate from Addison County, 1888
  • R. F. Peake, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1896
  • J. H. Cameron Peake, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Buenos Aires, 1945-46
  • Giles Peake, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Wadena, Minnesota, 1878-86
  • George W. Peake Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1972
  • Frederick T. Peake (b. 1855), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Suez, 1905-16
  • Elisabeth Strang Peake (b. 1888), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940
  • Alvah G. Peake, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Wadena, Minnesota, 1874-75
  • Patrick Michael "Pat" Peake (b. 1973), American retired NHL hockey player for the Washington Capitals
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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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. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  11. ...

The Peake Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peake Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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