Peil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Peil family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found by the palisade. Peel was a square tower in olden times. Peil is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Peil family

The surname Peil was first found in Yorkshire 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 Peil family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peil research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1598 and are included under the topic Early Peil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peil Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Peil include Peel, Peal, Peale, Peele and others.

Early Notables of the Peil family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include George Peele (c1556-1598), Elizabethan translator, poet, and dramatist who some claim collaborated with William Shakespeare on the play Titus Andronicus; and Sir Robert Peel, statesman, who as Home...
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Peil family to Ireland

Some of the Peil family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Peil migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Peil or a variant listed above:

Peil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hendrik Peil, aged 23, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Roelsfje Peil, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [1]
  • Eva Peil, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Anton Peil, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
Peil Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amalia Peil, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Frank A. Peil, aged 42, who immigrated to America, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Peil (post 1700) +

  • Edward Peil Sr. (1883-1958), American film actor who appeared in over 370 films
  • Mary Beth Peil (b. 1940), American actress and singer
  • Norman A. Peil, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 20th District, 1946 [2]

USS Arizona
  • Mr. William J. Peil, American Boatswain's Mate Second Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [3]

The Peil 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: Industria
Motto Translation: Industrious.

  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
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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