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Peckham is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peckham family lived in Kent, at Peckham. The surname of derives from the Old English words pekke, indicating the top of a mountain or hill, and ham, meaning homestead or settlement, and distinguished the settlement by its proximity to a prominent peak. The name of te settlement then became attached to those who lived there.

Peckham Early Origins



The surname Peckham was first found in Kent at either East Peckham or West Peckham. Both are villages that date back to the 10th century where they were collectively listed as Peccham. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, they were known as Pecheham [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and were held by the Archbishop. At that time, there was a church, ten servants, one mill, and six acres of meadow. Part of the manor of East Farleigh lay within what is now East Peckham which was held by Ralph Fitz Turold. The place name literally means "homestead by a peak or hill." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Peckham was a hamlet, in the parish and union of Camberwell, E. division of the hundred of Brixton in Surrey, but is now a district in South-East London within the London Borough of Southwark.

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Peckham Spelling Variations


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Peckham Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Peckham, Pecham, Peckem, Peckam, Packham and others.

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Peckham Early History


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Peckham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peckham research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1230, 1292, 1279, 1292, 1346, 1400, 1372, 1377, 1383, 1388, 1388, 1380, 1389, 1608, 1572, 1615, 1673, 1654 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Peckham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Peckham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Peckham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Archbishop Peckham of Kent; John Peckham (1230-1292), English Archbishop of Canterbury (1279-1292); James Peckham (c.1346-1400), English politician, Member of Parliament for Kent 1372, 1377, 1383, 1388, and 1388, appointed Sheriff of Kent in...

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peckham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Peckham name or one of its variants:

Peckham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Peckham settled in Newport in Rhode Island in 1630
  • Joseph Peckham, who arrived in Newport, Rhode Island in 1644

Peckham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • S Peckham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • E P Peckham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J. N. A. Peckham arrived in San Francisco in 1852

Peckham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Isaac Peckham, who landed in Canada in 1840

Peckham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Peckham arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Mary J. Peckham arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Mary E. Peckham arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Richard Peckham arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Peckham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Peckham (post 1700)



  • Major-General Howard Louis Peckham (1897-1972), American Chief of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (1954-1956)
  • Joel B. Peckham Jr., American poet, scholar of American literature and a creative writer
  • Robert Francis Peckham (1920-1993), United States federal judge
  • Anthony Peckham, South African born American screenwriter and producer
  • Matt C. Peckham (b. 1972), American journalist, critic, and columnist
  • Rufus Wheeler Peckham (1838-1909), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  • Elizabeth Maria Gifford Peckham (1854-1940), early American teacher, taxonomist, ethologist, arachnologist, and entomologist, specializing in animal behavior and in the study of jumping spiders (Salticidae) and wasps
  • George William Peckham (1845-1914), early American teacher, taxonomist, ethologist, arachnologist, and entomologist, specializing in animal behavior and in the study of jumping spiders (Salticidae) and wasps
  • George A. Peckham, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1922; First Selectman of Suffield, Connecticut, 1922
  • F. D. Peckham, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 11th District, 1917-18
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Peckham Historic Events


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Peckham Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leonard M Peckham (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Fratton, Portsmouth, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tentanda via est
Motto Translation: The way must be tried.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  11. ...

The Peckham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peckham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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