Peffer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Peffer was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Peffer family lived in Berkshire. The family name, however, is of other geographical derivations, referring to any of several locations in Normandy called Beauvoir. The name is composed of the Old French roots beu, which means fair or lovely, and voir, which means to see, and indicates the bearer's residence in "a place with a fine view."

Early Origins of the Peffer family

The surname Peffer was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege lord, after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings.

Early History of the Peffer family

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Peffer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Peffer have been found, including Beaver, Beavor, Beavers, Beavors, Beavoirs, Beevers and many more.

Early Notables of the Peffer family (pre 1700)

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United States Peffer migration to the United States +

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Peffer were among those contributors:

Peffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Miggel Peffer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Bernhart Peffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Augustus Peffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
Peffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lawrence Peffer, who arrived in Minnesota in 1850 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peffer (post 1700) +

  • William Alfred Peffer (1831-1912), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Kansas, 1898 [2]
  • C. G. Peffer, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1942 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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