Peppard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the Anglo- Normans began to settle in Ireland, they brought the tradition of local surnames to an island which already had a Gaelic naming system of hereditary surnames established. Unlike the Irish, the Anglo- Normans had an affinity for local surnames. Local surnames, such as Peppard, were formed from the names of a place or a geographical landmark where the person lived, held land, or was born. The earliest Anglo-Norman surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they created names that referred to where they actually resided. Therefore, English places were used for names when the Normans lived in England, and then Irish places after these particular Anglo- Normans had been settled in Ireland for some time. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. However, this type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or it was eliminated entirely. The Peppard family originally lived in either Peppard or Pipard in Normandy. The surname Peppard belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Peppard family

The surname Peppard was first found in at Drogheda in County Louth (Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster, where they were descended from Gilbert de Angulo, a Norman Commander of Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke. Gilbert obtained from King Henry II about 1195, all the lands called Maghery-Gallen and his son, Jocelyn received Ardbraccan and Navan. He became the Baron Navan. Gilbert's second son, Peter Peppard, became Justiciary of Ireland, the first to be sire named Peppard. Peter's grandson Ralph, founded St. Mary's Abbey in Ardee.

Early History of the Peppard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peppard research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 169 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Peppard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Peppard Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Peppard included: Peppard, Pepard, Pappard, DePappard, Pepperd, Peperd and many more.

Early Notables of the Peppard family (pre 1700)

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United States Peppard migration to the United States +

Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Peppard:

Peppard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Peppard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1815 [1]
  • Standish Peppard, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]
  • John Peppard who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1826
  • James Peppard, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Frank Peppard, who landed in Arkansas in 1898 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Peppard (post 1700) +

  • George Peppard (1928-1994), American film and television actor, known for his action roles including Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, in the hit 1980s action show The A-Team and for his co-starring role with Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  • Samuel G. Peppard, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate 20th District, 1852-53 [2]
  • Mick Peppard (1888-1939), Australian rules footballer who played from 1897 to 1903
  • Nadine Sheila Peppard CBE, British Chief Officer, Community Relations Commission, Adviser to the Home Office


The Peppard 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: Virtute et valore
Motto Translation: By virtue and valour


  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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