Petchey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Petchey is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Petchey family lived in Kent. It is thought that Peachy is of topographical origin, distinguishing a bearer who lived near a peach tree, sold peaches, or was associated with the fruit in some other way. In French it is written peche, and the addition of the letter y on to the end of the name is probably the result of its Anglicization.

Early Origins of the Petchey family

The surname Petchey was first found in Kent where the name descends from the baronial name Peche, Latinized De Peccato. One of the oldest recordings of the name is found in a stained glass window at Lullingstone in Kent. [1]

Important Dates for the Petchey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petchey research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1671, 1737, 1736, 1723, 1808 and 1794 are included under the topic Early Petchey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Petchey Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Petchey include Peachy, Peach, Peache, Peachee, Peachey, Peche and many more.

Early Notables of the Petchey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Petchey family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Petcheys to arrive on North American shores: William Peachee, who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Daniel Peachey settled in Virginia in 1753; William Peachy settled in Newcastle Del. in 1677..

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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