Peel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Peel is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived by the palisade. Peel was a square tower in olden times. Peel is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Peel family

The surname Peel was first found in Yorkshire 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 Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Peel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peel research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1598 and are included under the topic Early Peel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peel Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Peel has been spelled many different ways, including Peel, Peal, Peale, Peele and others.

Early Notables of the Peel family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Peele (c1556-1598), Elizabethan translator, poet, and dramatist who some claim collaborated with William Shakespeare on the play Titus Andronicus; and Sir Robert Peel, statesman, who as Home...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Peel family to Ireland

Some of the Peel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 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 Peel migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Peels to arrive in North America:

Peel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Peel, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752
  • John Peel, who settled in New York in 1775
Peel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis J Peel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [1]
  • Michael Peel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [1]
  • Amelia Peel, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • John Peel, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • William William Peel, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1861 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Peel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Humphrey Peel U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1790 was a Blockmaster [2]
  • Mr. Robert Peel U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [2]
Peel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Mary Peel, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Pursuit" departing from the port of Pursuit, Liverpool but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]
  • Mr. John Peel, aged 14 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Pursuit" departing 4th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd June 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Mr. William Peel, aged 6 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Pursuit" departing 4th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd June 1847 but he died on board [4]

Australia Peel migration to Australia +

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

Peel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Peel, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Robert Peel, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • William Peel, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [7]
  • John Peel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Carleton" in 1851 [8]
  • Edward Peel, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [9]

New Zealand Peel 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:

Peel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Alfred Peel, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • William Peel, aged 22, a blacksmith, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
  • Mr. William Peel, (b. 1852), aged 22, British blacksmith travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peel (post 1700) +

  • David Peel (1942-2017), born David Michael Rosario, American New York City-based musician, founding member of The Lower East Side Band
  • Zellner Peel, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940 [11]
  • W. M. Peel, American politician, Representative from Arkansas 5th District, 1894 [11]
  • Samuel West Peel (1831-1924), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Arkansas, 1883-93 [11]
  • Frank Peel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Democrats Abroad, 1984 [11]
  • Elbert Sidney Peel Jr. (b. 1922), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 2nd District, 1959 [11]
  • John Peel (1776-1854), English huntsman who came of an old yeoman or ‘statesman’ family of Caldbeck in Cumberland
  • Nigel David Peel (1967-2016), English cricketer who played for Cheshire from 1989 to 1996
  • Nathan James Peel (b. 1972), English former professional football striker
  • Robert "Bobby" Peel (1857-1941), Yorkshire and England cricketer
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald K Peel (b. 1917), English Assistant Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Rajputana, India moved to Brighton, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]


The Peel 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: Industria
Motto Translation: Industrious.


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 51)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 92)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CARLETON 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Carleton.gif
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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