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About the study
The information I have found and the constructed families can be found on my Pepler Name website in the links section. There are pictures and stories from around the world that people have been generous enough to share with me. Major families groups are marked with small colored squares
The Archive link will take you to Files on Peplxx marriages and births. These can be searched on the Peplxxs name and also on the surname of the non-Peplxx parent or spouse
This study is registered for the variants Peplar, Peplow, Peploe, Peppler and Peplo. I also consider Pepelowe, Pepplow, Peplor, Peplowe, and anything that has 2 P's separated by a vowel and followed by an L. I do rule out those names that end in 'ski' and Peplaus are on the fence. Bep(p)ler is also included because the Germans used P and B interchangeably.
Because there is such a variation even in the life events of a single individual, I have a tendency to refer to the name as Peplxx. I am always surprised by the suffix .
The chart shows the earliest occurrence of a form and highlights the most common variants
At this point, there would appear to be four areas where the name Pepler or Peplow became common.
The first is in the Shropshire area of England. There is a town called Peplow in the area and many of the first Peplows (Pepelowe, Peplo, etc) were designated as 'de Pepelowe' or something similar. As time passed, one family line that had strayed into London became Peplers. The name first seems to show up around 1200 although the town of Peplow is in the Domesday Book
The second is in the Ruegan area of Germany. Again there is a town called Pepelowe and the earliest forms use this before settling into Peplow, Paeplow and such. Here the earliest records would have the name starting 14-1500.
Next there are the Peplers of Wiltshires and Wessex in England. These seem to have stryed no farther from Pepler than an occasional double 'p' or a spelling of Peplar. They never used any of the 'o' endings and first make an appearance in numbers in 1500 --although there is record of a Pepelore around the time of Agincourt
Finally there are the Pepplers of the Hessen area in Germany. Beppler, Peppler, Bepler and Pepler seem to have been interchanged as great deal even within the nuclear family unit. Earliest record to date is about 1400 although there are pointers to the name around 1100. We are still working on verifying these.
Historical occurrences of the name
SAMUEL PEPLOE, Bishop of Chester, 1726 - 1752
SIR GEORGE LIONEL PEPLER, town planner and member of family group 1002.
JONATHAN PEPLOE, master cutler and member of Group 1900
HILARY DOUGLAS CLARKE PEPLER, the Ditchling colony and member of Group 1002
SAMUEL JOHN PEPLOE, impressionist painter and member of Group 1001
ROBERT PEPLOW, Memphis photographer of Civil War soldiers, unknown family group
ALBERTUS JACOB PEPLER, Zimbabwe land owner and victim of the civil unrest in 2004, family
Distribution of the name
The large question unanswered is if there is a connection between the British and Germanic families.
The earliest Peplers in Britain are around Wiltshire and London, the earliest Peplo??s around Shropshire and London.
GERMANIC LINES start with 15xx or 25xx
One exception is the 1900 line.