Pegge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Pegge family
The surname Pegge 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,  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 Pegge family
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Pegge Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Pegge include Pegg, Pegge, Peg, Pegh and others.
Early Notables of the Pegge 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...
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Migration of the Pegge family
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Pegges to arrive on North American shores: Dan Peggin, who arrived in Virginia in 1652; Ann Pege, who came to Virginia sometime between 1671 and 1672; Stephen Pegg, who settled in Maryland in 1672.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pegge (post 1700) +
- Edmund Pegge, English-born, Australian actor, who has worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom, known for Heaven's Burning (1997), The Winds of War (1983) and Big Deal (1984)
- Samuel Pegge the Younger (1733-1800), English antiquary, poet, and musical composer
- Samuel Pegge the Elder (1704-1796), English antiquary from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, thrice Mayor of Chesterfield
- Sir Christopher Pegge (1765-1822), English physician, son of Samuel Pegge the younger
- Dr. Edward Vernon Pegge (1864-1915), Welsh international rugby union forward
- Pegge Begich, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Alaska, 1984; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska at-large, 1986 
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html