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
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
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 the New World and Oceana
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)
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