Peoples History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Peoples family

The surname Peoples was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), 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.

Early History of the Peoples family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peoples research. Another 83 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1328, 1384, 1555, 1579, 1559, 1560 and are included under the topic Early Peoples History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peoples Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Peoples family (pre 1700)

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peoples Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Peoples family to Ireland

Some of the Peoples family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 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 Peoples migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Peoples, who landed in Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • David, Denis, Edward, James, John, Nathaniel, Patrick, Samuel, and William Peoples all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Susan Peoples, aged 30, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1864 [1]
  • Alfred D. Peoples, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Peoples Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edith Peoples, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Hannah Peoples, aged 20, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Donegal, Ireland, in 1909
  • Alfred Peoples, aged 36, who immigrated to America from Letterkenny, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Peoples migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peoples Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Stewart Peoples, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Samuel Peoples, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Eliza Peoples, aged 31, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • John Peoples, aged 3, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • James Peoples, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Peoples (post 1700) +

  • Ann E. Peoples (1947-2019), American politician from Maine, Member of the Maine House of Representatives (2018-2019)
  • David Webb Peoples (b. 1940), American Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated writer, editor and director, best known for writing Blade Runner (1982), Unforgiven (1992), and 12 Monkeys (1995)
  • Janet Peoples, American screenwriter, known for co-writing 12 Monkeys with her husband David Peoples
  • David Roy Peoples (b. 1960), American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour
  • William C. Peoples, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 [2]
  • Robert E. Peoples, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, 1965-68 (acting, 1965-68) [2]
  • June Peoples, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1984 [2]
  • James H. Peoples, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Carson, California, 2004 [2]
  • Hiram Peoples, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lancaster County, 1877-78, 1881-82, 1887-88, 1897-1900 [2]
  • Henderson Peoples, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1888 [2]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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