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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Fun. Ent. Ulster’s Office, 1597, Elizabeth Peppard, m. 1st, John Eustace, Esq., of Castlemarten; 2nd, Captain Thomas Lea). Ar. two bars az. the upper charged with three fleurs-de-lis and the lower with as many martlets, all of the first, on a canton of the second a cinquefoil pierced of the field.
2) (Drogheda; Fun Ent. Ulster's Office, 1676, Alderman George Peppard). Ar. two bars az. on a canton of the second a cinquefoil pierced of the field.
3) (Cappagh House, co. Limerick). Motto—Virtute et valore Az. two bars or, the upper charged with three fleurs-de-lis, the under with as many martlets gu. on a canton of the third a cinquefoil ar. Crest—In front of three ostrich feathers ar. and az. a greyhound courant ppr.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Peppard Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Peppard Origin:

England, France

Origins of Peppard:

According to the early recordings of the spellings of the name, this interesting and unique name was listed as Peppar, Pepper, Peever, Peffer, Peppard, Pepperd, Pippard, and others, this is a surname of old English origins. It acquires from the word "peper," itself originally from the Roman Latin word "Piper" which means pepper. As such it was given as a professional name to a pepperer or spicer. This forms as Peever and Peffer acquire from the Old French "pivre" which means pepper. Early examples of documentation contain as Roger Peivre and Alice Peper in the Fine Court Rolls of Essex in the years 1198 and 1241 respectively, while John Pepper alias Peyvre, noted in the record of early mayor's court rolls for the city of London. In the Middle Ages, the division of Cambridgeshire exchanged between the English and the French form of the name. Early examples from the parish records of London contain as William Peppard at the parish of St Gregory's by St Pauls Cathedral, in December 1632, while in August 1635, Francis Pepper, at the age of sixteen, departed from London on the ship "Globe" bound for Virginia. He was one of the earliest registered settlers in the New World.


More common variations are: Peppeard, Peappard, Pepard, Pippard, Pepperd, Poepard, Pappard, Peopard, Poppard, Peppart.


The surname Peppard first appeared in at Drogheda in Division Louth (Irish: Lu) the smallest division in Ireland, located on the East coast, in the county of Leinster, where they declined from Gilbert de Angulo, a Norman Commander of Strongbow, the Lord of Pembroke. Gilbert gained from King Henry II about the year 1195, all the lands called Maghery-Gallen and his son, Jocelyn got Ardbraccan and Navan. He became the Baron Navan. Gilbert's second son, Peter Peppard, became Justiciary of Ireland, the first to be sire named Peppard. Peter's grandson Ralph, organized St. Mary's Abbey in Ardee.

The very first recorded spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Peper, dated about the year 1197, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk." It was during the time of King Richard I who was known to be the “The Lionheart," dated 1189 - 1199. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England.


Many of the people with surname Peppard had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Some of the individuals with the name Peppard who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Patrick Peppard, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1815. Standish Peppard, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) Division, Pennsylvania in the year 1823. John Peppard who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1826. James Peppard landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the year 1828. Frank Peppard, who landed in Arkansas in the year 1898.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Peppard: United States 1,137; Ireland 317; Canada 219; England 151; Australia 95; New Zealand 7; Costa Rica 3; Japan 2; United Arab Emirates 2; Denmark 2

Notable People:

George Peppard, Jr. (October 1928–May 1994) was an American film and television artist. He performed a major role when he played alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and after that played a character based on Howard Hughes in The Carpetbaggers (1964). On television, he performed the title role of millionaire insurance analyst and sleuth Thomas Banacek in the early-1970s mystery series Banacek. He played Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, the cigar-smoking leader of a renegade commando squad, in the hit 1980s action show The A-Team.

Mick Peppard (April 1877 –January 1939) was an Australian rules football player who played with Fitzroy and Essendon in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Christian Peppard was born in March in the year 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Christian Moore Peppard. He is a famous actor.

Peppard Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Peppard blazon are the fleur-de-lis, martlet and cinquefoil. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and azure.

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) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 3. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 4.

The fleur-de-lys (“flower of the lily”) has a long and noble history and was a symbol associated with the royalty of France even before heraldry became widespread. 5. The Lily flower is said to represent “Purity, or whiteness of soul”6 and sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary. The fleur-de-lys is also used as a small “badge”, known as a mark of cadency to show that the holder is the sixth son of the present holder of the arms 7

The martlett is by far the most common bird to appear in British Heraldry, perhaps only equalled by the eagle, however it is not a species ever to be found in an ornithologists handbook! The word itself is though to have come from the French word merlette, the female blackbird and itself a similar type of charge used in French Heraldry. 8. Over time the image has become quite stylised, without visible legs or distinctive feathers. Wade suggests that this representation arises from “the appearance of the bird of paradise to ancient travellers” 9. Other bird species may be named in coats of arms (cornish chough is a frequent example) but in actual execution their appearance is often indistinguishable from the martlet.

Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur 10. The cinquefoil is also of this type, being drawn, at least a little, realistically and often to very pleasing effect. It is shown as five-petalled flower, each petal quite rounded but with a distinct tip. It is sometimes pierced with a hole in the centre and usually appears on its own, without any leaves. 11 It has no fixed colour but can appear in any of the available heraldic tinctures.

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George Peppard Jjr commented on 19-Feb-2019
I'm George Peppard Jjr and not the actor, however for some reason in my life bear the same name, my mom and dad must have loved him a lot to give me his name! how ever I have had to use the name Jjr to keep me separated from his name, I'm friends with Christian and he knows me, what life deals us, music is my life never acted a day in my life!
James commented on 15-Sep-2017
All the famous people in our name and Birds & Boy scout symbol is all we can come up with?


  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
  • 4 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
  • 5 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3
  • 6 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Martlet
  • 9 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P79
  • 10 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P262
  • 11 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cinquefoil