Peverel is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Peverel family lived in Nottingham
Early Origins of the Peverel family
The surname Peverel was first found in Nottingham
where the family can be traced back to William Peverel, (c.
1040-c. 1115) "a natural son of William the Conqueror, who entered England
at the Conquest, and received as his share of one hundred
and sixty-two manors, many of which were in these two counties." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
He is listed in the Battle Abbey Roll. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
It is claimed that William Peverell the Elder was allegedly the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror by a Saxon princess named Maud Ingelrica. "At the time of the Norman survey, [Debden, Essex] belonged to Ralph Peverel; and, reverting to the crown, it was given by Henry II. to his son John, afterwards king of England." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The reason as to why this family seat
was lost is not known.
Early History of the Peverel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peverel research.Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1155, 1088, 1150, 1419, 1395, 1398, 1398, 1407, 1407, 1419, 1351 and 1377 are included under the topic Early Peverel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peverel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Peverell, Peverill, Peverley, Peverly, Littleboys and others.
Early Notables of the Peverel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Peverel family to Ireland
Some of the Peverel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peverel family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Peverel name or one of its variants: John Peverley settled in Maine in 1626; Rebecca Peverley and her husband settled in Virginia in 1772.