Show ContentsPeele History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Peele name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived by the palisade. Peel was a square tower in olden times. Peele 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 Peele family

The surname Peele 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 Peele family

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Peele Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Peele were recorded, including Peel, Peal, Peale, Peele and others.

Early Notables of the Peele 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...
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Peele Ranking

In the United States, the name Peele is the 5,262nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Peele family to Ireland

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

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Peele family emigrate to North America:

Peele Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Lawrance Peele, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Lawrence Peele, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Peele, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Luke Peele, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Roger Peele, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]
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Peele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Peele, who landed in New York in 1835 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peele (post 1700) +

  • Stanton Peele Ph.D., J.D., (b. 1946), American psychologist, attorney, psychotherapist and author
  • William Walter Peele (1881-1959), American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • Randy Peele (b. 1957), American head men's basketball coach at Winthrop University
  • Beverly Peele (b. 1975), American model and actress
  • Jordan Peele (b. 1979), American actor and comedian
  • James F. Peele, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1952 [3]
  • John Thomas Peele (1822-1897), British painter specializing in portraits, landscapes, and genre scenes

The Peele 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.

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook