The ancestry of the name Peeles dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived by the palisade. Peel
was a square tower in olden times. Peeles 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 Peeles family
The surname Peeles 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 Peeles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peeles research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1598 and are included under the topic Early Peeles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peeles Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Peeles have been found, including Peel, Peal, Peale, Peele and others.
Early Notables of the Peeles 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 Peeles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peeles family to Ireland
Some of the Peeles family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peeles family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Peeles, or a variant listed above: Lawrence Peele settled in Virginia in 1623; John Peele settled in Virginia in 1652; John Peel settled in New York in 1775; Thomas Peel arrived in Philadelphia in 1752.
The Peeles 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 Translation: Industrious.