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

The Peto surname is a habitational name for someone from Poitou. This French region was Peitow in Anglo-Norman French.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Peto, Peyto, Petoe, Peytoe, Petow, Peytow, Petto, Pettoe, Pitto, Pitoe, Pito, Peytoe, Peytot and many more.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire at Chesterton.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peto research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1611, 1510, 1600, 1095, 1110, 1167, 1563, 1455, 1487, 1624 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Peto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peto Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Peto, a bonded passenger, who came to Virginia in 1774

Peto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Peto, who settled in New York, NY in 1821
  • Bartolome Peto, who arrived in Guatemala in 1838

Peto Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William J. Peto, aged 47, a bootmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena"

Peto Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Peto arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872

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  • John Frederick Peto, American trompe l'oeil ("fool the eye") painter
  • Harold Ainsworth Peto (1854-1933), English architect and garden designer
  • Sir Christopher Henry Maxwell Peto, British Conservative Party politician
  • Sir Basil Edward Peto, British Unionist politician
  • Sir Richard Peto (b. 1943), Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology


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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Peto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peto 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 18 September 2013 at 15:12.

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