Pepper Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Pepper Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Pepper blazon are the lion, sickle and griffin. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 9Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 10A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

Both the sickle and the scythe are implements instantly recognisable to a person of the middle ages, and are depicted in their conventional forms. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:scythe In addition to their obvious assocation with farming, Wade suggests that they can have a wider meaning of “a fruitful harvest of things hoped for”. 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P98

In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? As heraldry developed a whole menagerie of imagined creatures 14Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164 came into being, and their various representations became more or less standardised in form and appearance. The griffin is perhaps the most common of these creatures, being a chimera with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. 15A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin. It is most often in the pose known as rampant segreant, on its hind legs with claws and wings extended. Vinycomb has much to say on the subject of the griffin, perhaps summarised in his belief that it represents “strength and vigilance”.]16Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Pepper Name

Pepper Origin:

England, North German

Origins of Name:

The surname Pepper can be traced back to many different medieval origins in Britain. The name was used to describe a person in the family who worked selling spices, pepper or as a spicer themselves. It was used as a nickname for a small man (i.e. peppercorn size), for a person with a quick temper, or for a person with dark hair (i.e. peppercorn color). It was also used to describe someone who rented a property, but the landlord stipulated there was no ground to pay rent. The renter was thereby declared to be paying “peppercorn” rent. The name was first recorded in the east of England, in Leicestershire on early census roles where the Pepper Clan held political and economic power in the area, were medieval lords and lived in a manor.

Variations:

More common variations are:

Peppera, Poepper, Peppher, Piepper, Pepperr, Peepper, Pepperi, Peipper, Peppero, Peper

Irish Variant:

Peppard

Ashkenazi Jewish Variant:

Pfeffer, Fef(f)er

History:

England:

All derivations of the surname come from the word peper, from the Latin word piper meaning pepper. The most common namesake of the surname Piper was used for pepper merchants or spice merchants. Other derivations of the word can be attributed to an Old French word pivre, also meaning pepper.

The first known spelling of the name was in 1197. Robert Peper in Norfolk was recorded on financial records maintained by the English Treasury. King Richard I introduced a personal tax and surnames were mandatory to keep track of who had paid their taxes.

The next earliest known recordings of the name are Roger Peiver in 1198 and Alice Peper in 1241 in Essex. The name was also recorded in London in the 13th century for a John Pepper (Peyvre).

Throughout the middle ages, the surname Pepper was found in Cambridgeshire; however, many of the families switched back and forth between the French and English form of the name.

The church first recorded the name in the 17th century for a William Peppard at the church of St Grefory’s.

One of the earliest settlers in the 13 colonies would be Francis Pepper. In 1635 Francis Pepper would depart from London on a ship named “Globe of London” and arrive in Virginia, one of the original 13 colonies.

A famous tomb inscription of William Pepper, descendant of Richard Pepir, reads:

“Tho’ hot my name, yet mild my nature,

I bore good – will to every creature;

I brewed fine ale, and sold it too,

And unto each I gave his due.”.

In the 1891 United Kingdom census, there were over 4,000 people recorded with the surname Pepper.

Pepper Today:

14,000 in the United States

7,000 in England

2,000 in Australia

2,000 in Canada

2,000 in South Africa

Notable People:

Art Pepper (1925) American jazz musician

Barry Pepper (1970) Canadian actor

Conor Pepper (1994) Irish soccer player

George W. Pepper (1867) U.S. Senator

James Welsh Pepper (1853) founded J.W. Pepper & Son

John Henry Pepper (1821) English scientist

William Pepper Jr. (1843) Philadelphia physician

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Thurmarston, co. Leicester, and co. York). Gu. on a chev. ar. betw. three demi lions ramp. or, as many sickles sa. Crest—A demi lion ramp. or.
2) (Thorlesby, co. Lincoln). Gu. a griffin segreant or, over all a bendlet ar. Crest—A stag trippant ar.
3) (Norfolk). Ar. two bars gu. on a canton az. a rose or.
4) (Ballygarth, co. Meath; granted by Betham, Ulster, to Thomas Pepper, Esq., of that place, and the descendants of his great great grandfather). Motto—Semper erectus. Gu. on a chev. ar. betw. three demi lions ramp. or, as many grains of pepper ppr. and in chief a trefoil slipped of the second. Crest—A demi lion ramp. or.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
6. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
9. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
10. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:scythe
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P98
14. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164
15. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin
16. Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150