The name Peavy comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for a friend, and is a somewhat nondescript form of affectionate address, somewhat like pal
in modern English. The name translates from the Old French root belfiz
of the same meaning. The modern French meaning of the word as son in law
was not in place until 1468.
Early Origins of the Peavy family
The surname Peavy was first found in Hampshire
, where they were granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. They were descended from the Beauvais in Normandy
, and appear on the honor roll of Battell Abbey, as accompanying Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Peavy family
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Peavy Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bevis, Bevys, Beavis, Beavys and others.
Early Notables of the Peavy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peavy family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Peavy or a variant listed above were: Benjamin Bevis who settled in Maryland in 1663; David Bevis settled in New England
in 1698; Elizabeth Bevis settled in Virginia in 1654; Carol Bevois (Bevvis) settled in New Netherlands
in 1659. This family were registered as a distinguished family in the U.S.A..
Contemporary Notables of the name Peavy (post 1700)
- Angela "Annie" Marie Peavy (b. 1996), American dressage rider at the 2016 Summer Paralympics
- Nathan Peavy (b. 1985), Puerto Rican-born, American professional basketball player
- Jacob Edward "Jake" Peavy (b. 1981), American Cy Young Award winning Major League Baseball pitcher