Show ContentsPeckett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Peckett is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a person with a prominent nose. The Old English word beke refers to the beak of a bird. More rarely, Peckett may be a local type surname, referring to someone who lived beside a stream.

The surname in this case is derived from the Northern Old English word bekke, which means stream and is derived from the Old Norse word bekkr. Also, Peckett may be a local surname referring to settlements called Beckett in Berkshire and Devon.

The Berkshire settlement takes its name from the Old English words beo, which means bee, and cot, which means cottage or shelter. The name of the Devon settlement has the Old English personal name Bicca, which is probably derived from becca, which means pickaxe or mattock, as its first element.

Early Origins of the Peckett family

The surname Peckett was first found in Norfolk and Cheshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Peckett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peckett research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1653, 1719, 1684, 1738, 1653, 1719, 1653 and are included under the topic Early Peckett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peckett Spelling Variations

Peckett has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Peckett have been found, including Becket, Beckett, Beckete, Beckette and others.

Early Notables of the Peckett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Isaac Beckett (1653-1719), an English mezzotint engraver from Kent; one of the first practitioners of the art in England. William Becket (1684-1738), the English surgeon...
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Ireland Migration of the Peckett family to Ireland

Some of the Peckett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Peckett migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pecketts to arrive on North American shores:

Peckett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Peckett, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [1]

Canada Peckett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peckett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Peckett, aged 11, who landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774

New Zealand Peckett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Peckett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Peckett, aged 24, a butcher, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Peckett (post 1700) +

  • John Peckett, English Lord Mayor of York in 1701
  • Thomas Peckett, English founder of Peckett and Sons, a locomotive manufacturer in Bristol
  • Justin "Frankie Peckett (b. 1972), Australian rules footballer

  1. 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) on Facebook