The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Peard family have grown. The name Peard was given to a member of the family who was a person who was referred to as Peat.
The surname Peard was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.
Early Origins of the Peard family
The surname Peard was first found in Kent
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 Peard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peard research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Peard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peard Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Peard family name include Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.
Early Notables of the Peard family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Peat of Aberdeen; Peter Pett, (fl 1563), the progenitor of the Pett Dynasty of shipwrights who prospered in England
between the 15th and 17th centuries; Phineas Pett... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peard family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Peard surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Joe and John Peat settled in Boston in 1635; Richard Peat settled in Virginia in 1754; Edward, and George Peat arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; Thomas Peart settled in Virginia in 1752.
The Peard Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Fervent.