Peavler is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Peavler family lived in Berkshire. The family name, however, is of other geographical derivations, referring to any of several locations in Normandy
The name is composed of the Old French roots beu,
which means fair
and voir, which means to see,
and indicates the bearer's residence in "a place with a fine view."
Early Origins of the Peavler family
The surname Peavler 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 Peavler family
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Peavler Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Peavler are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Peavler include Beaver, Beavor, Beavers, Beavors, Beavoirs, Beevers and many more.
Early Notables of the Peavler family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peavler family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Peavler, or a variant listed above: 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.