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

The founding heritage of the Pepper family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Pepper comes from when one of the family 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.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Pepper has been spelled many different ways, including Pepper, Peper and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pepper research. Another 240 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pepper History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Pepper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Pepper family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 161 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Peppers to arrive in North America:

Pepper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gibert Pepper, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Richard Pepper and Mary Pepper, who settled in Massachusetts in 1634
  • Mary Pepper, aged 3, arrived in New England in 1634
  • Richard Pepper, aged 27, landed in New England in 1634
  • Michael Pepper, who landed in New England in 1642


Pepper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Pepper, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Edward Pepper, who settled with his family in New York in 1811
  • Hipolite Pepper, aged 18, arrived in New York in 1812
  • James Pepper, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • Jane Pepper, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812


Pepper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Pepper arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837
  • John Pepper, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Pepper arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848
  • H. Pepper arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849
  • Henry Pepper, aged 38, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"


Pepper Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Pepper arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863

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  • Curtis Bill Pepper (1917-2014), American journalist and author, Newsweek's Mediterranean bureau chief in Rome from 1957 to 1969
  • George Wharton Pepper (1867-1961), American lawyer, law professor, and Republican politician
  • E. J. Pepper, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972
  • David Pepper, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005
  • Claude Denson Pepper (1900-1989), American Democrat politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1929-30; U.S. Senator from Florida, 1936-51; U.S. Representative from Florida, 1963-89
  • Charles M. Pepper, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1896
  • Earl Pepper, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Morgantown, West Virginia, 1923-28 (acting, 1923)
  • Ed Pepper, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1956
  • George Wharton Pepper (1867-1961), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1922-27; Defeated in primary, 1926; Member of Republican National Committee from Pennsylvania, 1922-24
  • Gregory D. Pepper, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 22nd District, 1994, 1996

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  • The History of the Pepper Family in America and Allied Lines by Florence Pepper Raya.
  • The Descendants and Some Ancestors of Luther Marvin Smith and his Wife, Ada Penn Pepper of Lincoln County, Mississippi by Charlie Rabb Ashford.
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  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Pepper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pepper 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 17 November 2015 at 09:27.

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