Peace Coat of Arms
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Choose the design you like best, just your ancestors did when they painted these symbols on the shields they carried into battle and displayed in their homes. These coats of arms are real, historical works of art/culture dating back as far as 1100AD. Most of these designs were compiled and documented by genealogists and heraldists in large books published in the nineteenth century. These arms were owned by individuals who bore your surname, and were passed down through the generations from father to son, earning the monicker "family crest".
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Peace Name
Origins of Peace:
The surname of Peace is said to have two possible origins affliated with it. The first possible origin of the surname of Peace is that it a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Peace, this nickname was derived fro the Middle English word of “pace,” or “pece,” both of which can derived from the Latin word of “pax” which can be translated to mean “concord,” or “amity.” In the case of the surname of Peace, the nickname was given to someone who was said to be mid-tempered or even-tempered. The second possible origin of the surname of Peace is that it was both used as a nickname for someone who was born near or on the Christian holiday of Easter, or someone to whom this time of year was important, such in the case of a feudal obligation.
More common variations are: Peacey, Peasce, Piece, Pieace, Peeace, Pace, Pee-Ace, Pacey, Paice, Peice, Payce
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Peace can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of John Pais was mentioned in the document known as the Register of the Freemen of Leicester in the year of 1219. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Henry III of England, who was commonly known throughout the ages and was often referred to as one “The Frenchman.” King Henry III of England ruled from the year of 1216 to the year of 1272. Other mentions of the surname of Peace within the country of England include one Roger Pays, who was mentioned in the document known as the Hundred Rolls of Norfolk in the year of 1275, and one William Pace, who was mentioned in the Book of Fees of Devonshire in the year of 1242.
United States of America:
Within the 17th and 18th centuries it became common for European citizens to migrate to the United States of America in search of a new life for them and their families. These citizens were often coming from under the rule of tyrannical governments, or were living with poor conditions. The United States of America, which at that time was known as The Colonies or The New World, promised freedoms that these citizens had never before been afforded. Among those who migrated to the United States was one Anthony Peace, who arrived in the state of Virginia in the year of 1650, bringing the surname of Peace to the United States.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Peace: Nigeria 60,217; Uganda 26,699; United States 9,974; Rwanda 7,156; England 3,883; Ghana 3,595; Morocco 2,618; Niger 2,231; Algeria 2,142; Pakistan 2,137
J. Stephen “Steve” Peace (born in 1953) who is a Democratic politician from America, as well as being a film writer and producer.
T. W. Peace, who served as the Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Tennessee in the year of 1900, and again in the year of 1936, and who was a Republican politician from America.
Roger Craft Peace (1899-1968) who was a publisher of a newspaper, and who served as the U.S. Senator from the state of South Carolina in the year of 1941, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
P. P. Peace, who served as a Member of the North Carolina House of Commons from Granville County in the year of 1864 and the year of 1865, and who was a politician from America.
John T. Peace Jr., who served as the Candidate for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Blair County in the 2nd District in the year of 1960, and who was a Democratic politician from America.
James Stephen Peace (born in 1953) who served as a Member of the California State Assembly in the year of 1982 to the year of 1993, and was a Member of the California State Senate in the year of 1993 to the year of 2002, and who was a politician from America.
Peace Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Peace blazon are the dove and olive branch. The two main tinctures (colors) are vert and argent.
The deep green colour that is so often observed in heraldry is more properly known as vert. According to Wade, the use of this colour signifies “Hope and Joy”, but may also represent, rather delightfully, “Loyalty in Love” 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It has other names also, the French call it sinople, perhaps after a town in Asia Minor from where the best green die materials could be found 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Vert. More fanciful heralds liked to associate it with the planet venus and the precious stone emerald 3Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. More strangely, there is some evidence that the term prasin was anciently used, being the Greek for the vegetable we call the Leek!
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 5A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. In truth, despite the proliferation of species, the actual depictions can sometimes be hard to distinguish! The dove is an example of this, closely related birds such as pigeon and stock dove are frequently mentioned in arms but visually almost identical. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Dove The dove itself is said to represent “loving constancy and peace” 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P80, the other birds possibly some play on words with the family name (PIDGEON for example).
The olive branch should not surprise as in being regarded as the emblem of “ peace and concord”, from its biblical significance in the story of Noah and the Dove returning to the ark. 9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P129. Indeed we often find the olive branch depicted on a shield being carried by a dove. 10A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Olive-tree