Peebles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Peebles was first used as a surname by descendants of the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The ancestors of the Peebles family lived in the town of Peebles in the county of the same name. The name is occasionally derived from residence in the lands called Peebles near St. Vigeans in the county of Angus.

Early Origins of the Peebles family

The surname Peebles was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Peebles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peebles research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1384, 1555, 1579, 1559, 1560 and are included under the topic Early Peebles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peebles Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Peebles has appeared Peebles, Peebes, Peebbes, Peeples, Peoples and many more.

Early Notables of the Peebles family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Peebles family to Ireland

Some of the Peebles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Peebles migration to the United States +

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Peebles:

Peebles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Peebles, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
Peebles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anabella Peebles, aged 5, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Ann Peebles, aged 37, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • John Peebles, aged 43, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Margaret Peebles, aged 14, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Mary Jane Peebles, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Peebles migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peebles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Hugh Peebles, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Hugh Peebles, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Charles Peebles U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1789 served in the Wagon Department [2]

Australia Peebles migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Peebles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Hance Peebles, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 14 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Robert Peebles, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Archibald Peebles, aged 29, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan" [5]
  • Ann Peebles, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan" [5]

New Zealand Peebles 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:

Peebles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Peebles, (b. 1814), aged 48, Scottish ploughman, from Perthshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • Mrs. Rebecca Peebles, (b. 1819), aged 43, Scottish settler, from Perthshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • Mr. Andrew Peebles, (b. 1841), aged 21, Scottish ploughman, from Forfarshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • Miss Ann (Annie) Peebles, (b. 1843), aged 19, Scottish dairymaid, born in Perthshire, Scotland travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • Mr. James Peebles, (b. 1851), aged 11, Scottish settler, from Perthshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peebles (post 1700) +

  • Melvin "Block" Van Peebles (b. 1932), American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer
  • Mario Van Peebles (b. 1957), American film director and actor, son of film-maker Melvin Van Peebles
  • Sarah Peebles, American-born, Toronto-based composer
  • Robert Hibbs Peebles (1900-1956), American botanist and agronomist for the United States Department of Agriculture, posthumously awarded the Superior Service award and medal by the USDA
  • Roy Donahue “Don” Peebles (b. 1960), American real estate entrepreneur, author and political activist
  • Ann Peebles (b. 1947), African-American singer, best known for her songs "I Can't Stand the Rain" and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"
  • James McAden "Jim" Peebles (1920-1997), American NFL football tight end
  • Phillip James Edwin "Jim" Peebles (b. 1935), Canadian-born American physicist and theoretical cosmologist, the Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science at Princeton University
  • Curtis Peebles, American aerospace historian for the Smithsonian Institution
  • Calvert Goosley Peebles (b. 1870), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Jackson, North Carolina 1893-94; Member of North Carolina State Senate 3rd District, 1913-14 [7]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Peebles +

  • 3577 The 'Peebles' Family Tree Grows by Leslie Arthur Peebles.

  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)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 24th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Bunyan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbunyan1854.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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