Peat History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Peat dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as Peat. The surname Peat was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.

Early Origins of the Peat family

The surname Peat 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 Peat family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peat research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610, 1672, 1630, 1699, 1593, 1652 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Peat History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peat Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Peat include Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.

Early Notables of the Peat family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Peter Pett, (fl 1563), master-shipwright at Deptford. He was great-grandson of Thomas Pett of Skipton in Cumberland. "But Skipton is in Yorkshire, and, though some of his kin may have settled in the north, it is more probable that he belonged to the family of the name which early in the fifteenth century owned property at Pett in the parish of Stockbury in Kent. " [1] He was progenitor of the...
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peat Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Peat migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Peat or a variant listed above:

Peat Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jo Peat, aged 38, who arrived in New England in 1635 [2]
  • Joe and John Peat, who settled in Boston in 1635
  • John Peat, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [2]
Peat Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joshua Peat, who arrived in Jamaica in 1746 [2]
  • Richard Peat, who settled in Virginia in 1754
Peat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Peat, who landed in New York in 1824 [2]
  • George Peat, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1878

Canada Peat migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peat Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Epenetus Peat U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Peat migration to Australia +

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

Peat Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Emily Peat, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [4]
  • Louisa Peat, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1848 [4]
  • Ann Peat, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Flora" in 1851 [5]

New Zealand Peat 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:

Peat Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Peat, aged 27, a miner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Peat, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Peat, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Mary Peat, aged 2 mths., who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • John Peat, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peat (post 1700) +

  • Marion Todd Peat (b. 1964), former American football player
  • Nathan Neil Martin Peat (b. 1982), English footballer
  • F. David Peat (b. 1938), English holistic physicist and author from Waterloo, England
  • Lindsay Peat (b. 1980), Irish women's rugby union player from Dublin; she has represented Ireland internationally at association football, basketball, and rugby union
  • Louisa Watson Small Peat (1883-1952), Irish lecturer and writer
  • Charles Urie Peat (1892-1979), British Conservative Party politician and cricketer
  • Neville Peat (b. 1947), New Zealand author and photographer from Dunedin
  • Mark Peat (b. 1982), Scottish professional footballer
  • Stephen Peat (b. 1980), Canadian ice hockey right wing
  • Sir Michael Charles Gerrard Peat GCVO (b. 1949), Principal Private Secretary to Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (2002 to 2011)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Peat 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: Ardens
Motto Translation: Fervent.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The HARPLEY 1848 - PASSENGER LIST. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848HarpleyPassengerList.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY FLORA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851LadyFlora.htm


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