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When the ancestors of the Peck family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Denbighshire. The surname of Peck derives from the Old English word pekke, indicating the top of a mountain or hill, and was a local name distinguishing a person who lived by a prominent peak.

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The surname Peck was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Peck has been recorded under many different variations, including Peck, Pecke and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peck research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1390, 1692 and 1743 are included under the topic Early Peck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Pecks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Peck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Peck settled in Barbados in 1634
  • Elizabeth Peck, aged 4, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Francis Peck, aged 22, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Israel Peck, aged 7, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Margery Peck, aged 40, landed in New England in 1635
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Peck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Peck, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Anna Catherina Peck, aged 10, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Anthony Peck, aged 12, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Engelina Peck, aged 37, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Johan Henrich Peck, aged 7, landed in Pennsylvania in 1733
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Peck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Peck arrived in New York in 1823 with her husband and four children
  • Solomon R Peck, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Sherman Peck, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Peter Peck, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Mary Anne Peck, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1855
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Peck Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Peck, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Isaac Peck, aged 13, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Richard Peck, aged 47, arrived in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Richard Peck, his wife Jane and eight children settled in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1775
  • Mr. Caleb Peck U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Peck Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Washington Peck, who landed in Canada in 1834
  • Chauncy Harper Peck, who landed in Canada in 1840

Peck Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Peck, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Peck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Sarah Peck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • James Peck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Mary Peck arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
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Peck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Peck, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Harriett Peck, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Daniel Peck, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Peck, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Mary Ann Peck, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
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  • Eldred Gregory Peck (1916-2003), American Academy Award winning film actor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, best known for his performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • Nat Peck (1925-2015), American jazz trombonist who played with Glenn Miller (1943-1945) and Don Redman (1947)
  • Brigadier-General Walter Raymond Peck (1896-1965), American Commanding General 2nd Air Force (1947)
  • George Wilbur Peck (1840-1916), American writer and politician, 17th Governor of Wisconsin
  • Charles Horton Peck (1833-1917), American mycologist who described over 2700 species of North American fungi
  • Jesse Truesdell Peck (1811-1883), American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Private Archie A. Peck (1894-1978), American soldier in the United States Army, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the World War I
  • John F. Peck, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1932
  • John Floyd Peck, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Jefferson County 1st District, 1875
  • John G. Peck (b. 1865), American Republican politician, School teacher and principal; Member of New York State Assembly from Suffolk County 1st District, 1922-24
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Peck Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Owen O Peck (b. 1911), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bracknell, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Robert Arthur Peck, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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  • Klein-Peck: Prairie Milestones by Philip Cuthbert Biddle.
  • A Sense of Place, Northwest Ohio by Mary Mae Campbell.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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