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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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


Peek Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Another possible progenitor of the family could have been Uluric Pec c. 1095 who was listed in Suffolk, [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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Peek Spelling Variations


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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.

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Peek Early History


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Peek Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peek research. Another 201 words (14 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.

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Peek Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Peek Early Notables (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...

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Peek In Ireland


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Peek In Ireland



Some of the Peek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

Peek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Peek, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

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 emigrated to America, in 1907
  • Charles Peek, aged 27, who landed in America from London, England, in 1910
  • Cora Belle Peek, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Peek Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

Peek Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Peek a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862

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Contemporary Notables of the name Peek (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Peek (post 1700)



  • Major-General Ernest Dichmann Peek (1878-1950), American Commanding General 9th Corps Area (1940-1941)
  • 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)
  • John M. Peek, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1916
  • 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
  • Eber L. Peek, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1899
  • David Peek, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Burton F. Peek, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928
  • Archibald J. Peek (b. 1854), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Jackson County 1st District, 1897-98; Member of Michigan State Senate 10th District, 1905-08
  • Paul Peek (1904-1987), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1937-39; Speaker of the California State Assembly, 1939; California Democratic State Chair, 1939
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Peek


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Suggested Readings for the name Peek



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

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  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. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Peek Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peek 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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