Peek History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Peek family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Staffordshire. The surname of Peak 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Peek family

The surname Peek was first found in Staffordshire where "among the earliest known bearers of the name are Richard del Pech or del Pek (d. 1196), son of Ranulf, Sheriff of Nottingham, and Willielmus Piec, who was in Winchester in 1194." [2] Another possible progenitor of the family could have been Uluric Pec c. 1095 who was listed in Suffolk, [3] but this is believed to be an isolated case of the surname. William de Peke was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex in 1296 and William atte Peke was listed in Devon in 1321. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists: Isabell del Pek; and Martyn del Pek. [1]

Early History of the Peek family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peek research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1283, 1551, 1619, 1592, 1667 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Peek History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peek 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 Peek family name include MacPeake, Peak, Peake and others.

Early Notables of the Peek family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Peake of Achurch; Robert Peake the Elder (c. 1551-1619), an English painter; and Sir Robert Peake (ca. 1592-1667), English print-seller and Royalist, he was exiled for refusing...
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Ireland Migration of the Peek family to Ireland

Some of the Peek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Peek migration to the United States +

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 Peek family to immigrate North America:

Peek Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Peek, who landed in New York in 1654 [4]
Peek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Peek, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [4]
Peek Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliza E. A. Peek, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Fredk. Peek, aged 5, who landed in America from Foleshill, in 1895
  • Conrad Peek, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1896
Peek Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Clara Peek, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1904
  • Ruth L. Peek, aged 12, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Agnus Wolfe Peek, aged 48, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Charles Peek, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Cora Belle Peek, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Peek migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peek Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Caleb Peek U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [5]

Australia Peek migration to Australia +

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

Peek Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Peek, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [6]
  • Deborah Peek, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [6]
  • David Peek, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [6]
  • Harriet Peek, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [6]
  • Mary Peek, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Peek 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:

Peek Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Peek, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Peek, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [7]
  • Mr. William J. Peek, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Peek, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [7]
  • Miss Mary F. Peek, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Excelsior" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th March 1859 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peek (post 1700) +

  • Major-General Ernest Dichmann Peek (1878-1950), American Commanding General 9th Corps Area (1940-1941) [8]
  • Laurence Kim Peek (1951-2009), American savant, inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Rain Man (1988)
  • Daniel Milton "Dan" Peek (1950-2011), American musician, best known as a member of the rock band America (1970 to 1977)
  • Antwan Peek (b. 1979), American football linebacker in the NFL
  • Burton F. Peek (1872-1960), American who served as both President and Chairman of Deere & Company
  • John M. Peek, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1916 [9]
  • Harmanus Peek (1782-1838), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schenectady County, 1816-17; U.S. Representative from New York 13th District, 1819-21 [9]
  • Eber L. Peek, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1899 [9]
  • David Peek, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008 [9]
  • Burton F. Peek, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 [9]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Peek +

  • 2974 Descendants of Robert Peek, 1802-1974 by Zola Nethken Pointer, Janes-Peek Family History by Reba Neighbors Collins.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Ernest Peek. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Peek/Ernest_Dichmann/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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