Pegg History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pegg family

The surname Pegg was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Ashbourne held by the King's steward who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Pegg family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pegg research. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1510, 1600, 1799, 1704, 1796, 1733, 1800, 1635, 1664, 1739 and 1788 are included under the topic Early Pegg History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pegg Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Pegg has been recorded under many different variations, including Pegg, Pegge, Peg, Pegh and others.

Early Notables of the Pegg family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Samuel Pegge the elder (1704-1796), an antiquary, born at Chesterfield in Derbyshire. One of his sons, Samuel Pegge - the younger (1733-1800) was an antiquarian, poet, musical composer and lexigrapher. Catherine Pegge, born about 1635, was a long term mistress of...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pegg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pegg migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Peggs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Pegg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Pegg, who settled in Maryland in 1672
  • Stephen Pegg, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [2]
  • Mary Pegg, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [2]
  • George Pegg, who settled in Jamaica in 1685
Pegg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Pegg, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Joseph Pegg, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
Pegg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pegg, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1858

Canada Pegg migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pegg Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Pegg, naturalized in Canada in 1836
  • Samuel Pegg, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • William Pegg, who landed in Canada in 1836

Australia Pegg migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pegg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Pegg, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. George Pegg, English convict who was convicted in Derby, Derbyshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Henry Pegg, English convict who was convicted in Staffordshire , England for life, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 27th August 1841, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. James Pegg, English convict who was convicted in Newark-on-Trent (Newark Upon Trent), Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [6]

New Zealand Pegg migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pegg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Maria Pegg, (b. 1819), aged 40, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Mr. James Pegg, (b. 1824), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Mr. William Pegg, (b. 1844), aged 15, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Anne" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th August 1859 [7]
  • Richard John Pegg, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Pegg (post 1700) +

  • John W. Pegg, American politician, Representative from Ohio 8th District, 1906 [8]
  • John G. Pegg, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952 [8]
  • Dave Pegg (b. 1947), English folk rock musician
  • Simon Pegg (b. 1970), English actor, comedian and screenwriter
  • David Pegg (1935-1958), English footballer
  • David Pegg, retired theoretical physicist at Griffith University, Australia

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert Ernest Pegg, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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