Pease History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pease family

The surname Pease was first found in the Orkney Islands, 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Pease family

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Pease Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Peace, Pease, Paise and others.

Early Notables of the Pease family (pre 1700)

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Pease Ranking

In the United States, the name Pease is the 2,457th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1]

United States Pease migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pease Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Pease, who settled in Salem in 1630
  • Henry Pease, who settled in Boston in 1630

Australia Pease migration to Australia +

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

Pease Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Pease, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. William Pease, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

New Zealand Pease 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:

Pease Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Pease, British settler travelling from Portsmouth aboard the ship "Duke of Portland" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 13th October 1851 [4]

West Indies Pease migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [5]
Pease Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Ursula Pease, who settled with her husband in Barbados in 1678

Contemporary Notables of the name Pease (post 1700) +

  • John Pease (1943-2021), American football coach
  • Edward Pease (1711-1785), American progenitor of the Pease family of industrialists and philanthropists from Fishlake, Yorkshire
  • Heather Pease, American synchronized swimmer
  • Alfred Humphreys Pease (1838-1882), American composer
  • George Pease RIBA MRTPI RIAS (1926-2022), 4th Baron Gainford of Headlam in the County Palatine of Durham, a British nobleman and peer
  • Joseph Edward Pease (1921-2013), 3rd Baron Gainford
  • Joseph Pease (1889-1971), 2nd Baron Gainford
  • Joseph Albert "Jack" Pease PC, DL, JP (1860-1943), 1st Baron Gainford, British businessman and Liberal politician
  • Edward Pease (1767-1858), British woollen manufacturer from Darlington, the main promoter of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the "Father of the Railways"
  • Captain Harl Pease Jr., American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1942
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Reginald Cecil Pease, British Ordinary Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and died in the sinking [6]

Suggested Readings for the name Pease +

  • The Ancestors and Descendants of the Honorable Calvin Pease and Laura Grant Risley, Pease, his Wife, of Suffield, Ct., Rutland VT., and Warren, OH by Allene Beaumont Duty.
  • A Genealogical and Historical Record of the Descendants of John Pease, Sen., Last of Enfield, Conn. by David Pease.

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  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook