Peper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Peper family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a spicer or seller of spices and/or pepper. Occupational names that were derived from the common trades of the medieval era transcended European cultural and linguistic boundaries. Occupational names have remained fairly commonplace in the modern period. This is attested to by the continuing appearance of occupational suffixes at the end of many English surnames. Some of these suffixes include: herd, monger, maker, hewer, smith and wright.

Early Origins of the Peper family

The surname Peper was first found in Leicestershire 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 Peper family

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Peper Spelling Variations

Peper has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Peper have been found, including Pepper, Peper and others.

Early Notables of the Peper family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Peper family to Ireland

Some of the Peper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Peper migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Pepers to arrive on North American shores:

Peper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Peper, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [1]
Peper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Meta Peper, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Christian Peper, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Hermann Peper, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peper (post 1700) +

  • Timothy W. "Tim" Peper (b. 1980), American film, television and stage actor
  • Roberto Guillermo Peper (1913-1999), Argentine swimmer at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Abraham "Bram" Peper (b. 1940), Dutch sociologist and politician, Mayor of Rotterdam (1982-1998), Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (1998-2000)

  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) on Facebook
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