Peate History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Peate is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who was referred to as Peat. The surname Peate was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.

Early Origins of the Peate family

The surname Peate 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 Peate family

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

Peate Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Peate include Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.

Early Notables of the Peate 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 Peate Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Peate migration to Australia +

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

Peate Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Peate, aged 25, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [2]
  • Thomas Peate, aged 50, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Henry Thomas Peate, aged 16, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"
  • Emma Peate, aged 13, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Peate 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:

Peate Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William H. Peate, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Peate (post 1700) +

  • Rod Peate, American poker player from Portland, Oregon; as of 2016, his total live tournament winnings exceed 880,000
  • Mary Peate, English BBC Radio producer
  • Edmund "Ted" Peate (1855-1900), English professional cricketer who played for Yorkshire (1879-1887) and England (1881-1886)


The Peate 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. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.


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