Peakman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Peakman family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peakman 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. 
Early Origins of the Peakman family
The surname Peakman 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. 
Important Dates for the Peakman family
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Peakman Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Peakman were recorded, including MacPeake, Peak, Peake and others.
Early Notables of the Peakman 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 Peakman family to Ireland
Some of the Peakman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Peakman migration to the United States
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Peakman arrived in North America very early:
Peakman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- S. B. Peakman, aged 40, who immigrated to America, in 1892
Peakman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maria Peakman, aged 65, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Norman Peakman, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1920
- Bertie J. Peakman, aged 39, who settled in America from Melbourn, Australia, in 1924
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- ^ 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)