Peverell is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
brought to England
in 1066. The Peverell family lived in Nottingham
Early Origins of the Peverell family
The surname Peverell 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 Peverell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peverell research.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1080, 1155, 1088, 1150, 1155, 1419, 1395, 1398, 1398, 1407, 1407, 1419, 1351 and 1377 are included under the topic Early Peverell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Peverell Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Peverell, Peverill, Peverley, Peverly, Littleboys and others.
Early Notables of the Peverell family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Baron
William Peverell ( fl.
1155), of Nottingham
, son or grandson of William Peverell the Elder.
Thomas Peverell (died 1419) was an English prelate, Bishop of Ossory... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peverell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Peverell family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Peverell or a variant listed above: John Peverley settled in Maine in 1626; Rebecca Peverley and her husband settled in Virginia in 1772.
Contemporary Notables of the name Peverell (post 1700)
- Nicholas "Nicky" Peverell (b. 1973), English former footballer
- John Richard Peverell (b. 1941), English former professional footballer
- J Peverell Marley (1901-1964), American cinematographer