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Where did the Scottish Peoples family come from? What is the Scottish Peoples family crest and coat of arms? When did the Peoples family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Peoples family history?

The ancestors of the Peoples family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the town of Peebles in the county of the same name. The name is occasionally derived from residence in the lands called Peebles near St. Vigeans in the county of Angus.

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In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Peoples has been spelled Peebles, Peebes, Peebbes, Peeples, Peoples and many more.

First found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Płballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peoples research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1384, 1555, 1579, 1559 and 1560 are included under the topic Early Peoples History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 65 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peoples Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Peoples family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Peoples:

Peoples Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jesse Peoples, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • John Peoples, who landed in Maryland in 1840
  • David, Denis, Edward, James, John, Nathaniel, Patrick, Samuel, and William Peoples all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Susan Peoples, aged 30, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864
  • Alfred D. Peoples, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1894


Peoples Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Edith Peoples, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Hannah Peoples, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1908
  • Alexander Peoples, aged 25, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charles Peoples, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1909
  • Alfred Peoples, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Letterkenny, Ireland, in 1910


Peoples Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Stewart Peoples, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Samuel Peoples, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Eliza Peoples, aged 31, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • John Peoples, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • James Peoples, aged 30, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

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  • David Webb Peoples (b. 1940), American Oscar nominated writer, editor and director
  • William C. Peoples, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912
  • Robert E. Peoples, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, 1965-68 (acting, 1965-68)
  • June Peoples, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984
  • James H. Peoples, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Carson, California, 2004
  • Hiram Peoples, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lancaster County, 1877-78, 1881-82, 1887-88, 1897-1900
  • Henderson Peoples, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1888
  • Crystal D. Peoples, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1998; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Clifford H. Peoples, American politician, Mayor of Chester, Pennsylvania, 1939-43
  • John Peoples, American Administrator

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  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  8. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Peoples Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peoples Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 December 2015 at 16:09.

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