The ancestors of the Peels surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived by the palisade. Peel
was a square tower in olden times. Peels 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 Peels family
The surname Peels 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 Peels family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peels research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1598 and are included under the topic Early Peels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peels Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Peels include Peel, Peal, Peale, Peele and others.
Early Notables of the Peels 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 Peels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peels family to Ireland
Some of the Peels 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.
Migration of the Peels family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Peels Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Peels, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
Peels Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Arthur Rob't Peels, aged 50, who landed in America from Lewes, England, in 1911
- John Peels, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1922
The Peels 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.
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