Peggs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Peggs family

The surname Peggs 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 Peggs family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peggs 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 Peggs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peggs Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Peggs were recorded, including Pegg, Pegge, Peg, Pegh and others.

Early Notables of the Peggs 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 Peggs family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Peggs arrived in North America very early: 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.



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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