Peavey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Peavey reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peavey family lived in Berkshire. The family name, however, is of other geographical derivations, referring to any of several locations in Normandy called Beauvoir. The name is composed of the Old French roots beu, which means fair or lovely, and voir, which means to see, and indicates the bearer's residence in "a place with a fine view."

Early Origins of the Peavey family

The surname Peavey was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings.

Early History of the Peavey family

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Peavey Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Peavey family name include Beaver, Beavor, Beavers, Beavors, Beavoirs, Beevers and many more.

Early Notables of the Peavey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Peavey family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Peavey family to immigrate North America: Matthew Beaver, who arrived in Virginia in 1638; John Beaver, who settled in New England in 1699; Bridget Beavers, who came to Annapolis Maryland in 1730.

Contemporary Notables of the name Peavey (post 1700) +

  • John A. "Jack" Peavey (b. 1963), American former football player and head football coach at William Paterson University from 1997 to 1999
  • John Peavey (b. 1933), American rancher and Democratic politician
  • Hartley Peavey (b. 1941), American businessman who founded Peavey Electronics in 1965
  • Hubert H. Peavey (1881-1937), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin (1933-1935) and (1923-1933)
  • Mrs. F. Peavey Heffelfinger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1944 [1]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Howard Peavey, American Quartermaster Second Class from Iowa, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]

  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from
  2. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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