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Pepys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pepys family

The surname Pepys was first found in Normandy where they claim descent from the founders of the Carolingian monarchy, Pepin d'Heristal (c. 635-714), and Pepin le Bref (Pippin the Younger.) Both claim descent from Pepin I (also Peppin, Pipin, or Pippin) of Landen (c. 580-640), also called Pepin the Elder or the Old, was the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia from 623 to 629.

Early History of the Pepys family

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Pepys Spelling Variations

Huguenot surnames were only slightly Anglicized, and they remain to this day a distinct group of surnames in England. Nevertheless, Huguenot surnames have been subject to numerous spelling alterations since the names emerged in France. French surnames have a variety of spelling variations because the French language has changed drastically over the centuries. French was developed from the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. It is divided into three historic and linguistic periods: Old French, which developed before the 14th century; Middle French, which was used between the 14th and 16th centuries; and Modern French, which was used after the 16th century and continues to be in use today. In all of these periods, the French language was heavily influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when the barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. Huguenot names have numerous variations. The name may be spelled Pepys, Pippin, Pippy, Pepin and others.

Early Notables of the Pepys family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family at this time was Talbot Pepys (1583-1666), English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1625; Sir Richard Pepys (1589-1659), an English lawyer and politician, Member of Parliament for Sudbury in 1640 and was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland; Roger Pepys (1617-1688), an English lawyer...
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Migration of the Pepys family to Ireland

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Migration of the Pepys family to the New World and Oceana

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Pepys or a variant listed above: William Pippin who settled in Virginia in 1638 Joseph Pippy who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1791; Elizabeth Pippy who settled in Bristol's Hope, Nfld in 1796.

Contemporary Notables of the name Pepys (post 1700)

  • William Haseldine Pepys (1775-1856), FRS was an English scientist
  • Sir Richard Richard Pepys (1589-1659), English M.P. and Lord Chief Justice of Ireland
  • Elisabeth Pepys (1640-1669), Elisabeth de St. Michel, was the wife of Samuel Pepys
  • Henry Pepys (1783-1860), Church of England Bishop of Worcester
  • Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), English naval administrator, Member of Parliament, who is now most famous for his diary
  • Guillaume Pepys (b. 1958), high-ranking French civil servant
  • George Christopher Pepys, the fifth Bishop of Buckingham from 1964 to 1974
  • Lady Rachel Pepys DCVO (1905-1992), British Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Marina
  • Charles Christopher Pepys (1781-1851), 1st Earl of Cottenham PC KC was a British lawyer, judge and politician
  • Mark Brian Pepys, FRS is Professor of Medicine at University College London

The Pepys 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: Mens cujusque is est quisque
Motto Translation: As the mind of each, so is the man.

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