The name Pecke reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Pecke family 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.
Early Origins of the Pecke family
The surname Pecke 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.
Early History of the Pecke family
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Pecke 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 Pecke family name include Peck, Pecke and others.
Early Notables of the Pecke family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pecke 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 Pecke family to immigrate North America:
Pecke Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Humphrey Pecke, who landed in Maryland in 1659 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)