Peock is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Peock family lived in Kent
. It is thought that Peachy
is of topographical origin, distinguishing a bearer who lived near a peach tree, sold peaches, or was associated with the fruit in some other way.
In French it is written peche,
and the addition of the letter y on to the end of the name is probably the result of its Anglicization.
Early Origins of the Peock family
The surname Peock was first found in Kent
where the name descends from the baronial name Peche, Latinized De Peccato. One of the oldest recordings of the name is found in a stained glass window at Lullingstone in Kent
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Peock family
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Peock 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. Peock has been recorded under many different variations, including Peachy, Peach, Peache, Peachee, Peachey, Peche and many more.
Early Notables of the Peock family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peock family to the New World and Oceana
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. Peocks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Peachee, who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Daniel Peachey settled in Virginia in 1753; William Peachy settled in Newcastle Del. in 1677..