The earliest origins of the Peets surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a person who was referred to as Peat.
The surname Peets was originally derived from the Old English word which meant a spoiled or pampered child.
Early Origins of the Peets family
The surname Peets was first found in Kent
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 Peets family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peets research.Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1513, 1563, 1570, 1647, 1610 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Peets History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peets Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Peets are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Peets include: Peat, Peate, Peart, Pert, Pett and others.
Early Notables of the Peets family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Peat of Aberdeen; Peter Pett, (fl 1563), the progenitor of the Pett Dynasty of shipwrights who prospered in England
between the 15th and 17th centuries; Phineas Pett... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peets Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peets family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Peets or a variant listed above: Joe and John Peat settled in Boston in 1635; Richard Peat settled in Virginia in 1754; Edward, and George Peat arrived in Philadelphia in 1878; Thomas Peart settled in Virginia in 1752.
Contemporary Notables of the name Peets (post 1700)
- Elbert Peets (1886-1968), American landscape architect, city planner, and author
- Brian Canvin Peets (b. 1956), former American NFL football tight end, member of the San Francisco 49ers team that won Super Bowl XVI
The Peets 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: Fervent.