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About the study

Born and living in Ireland, I have been researching the Peppard name on and off for a good many years. Originally my interest was in my own ancestry but increasingly I found myself drawn into researching the history of the Peppard name itself. Of Norman origin, and though infrequent, the name does have an interesting and well documented history. This makes it a good subject for a One Name Study.

Name origin

It has been suggested that the name Peppard may have originally come from the one engaged in the spice trade i.e. Pepper-er or else was derived from a personal character trait as in a Peppery temperament. Both are possible as the Normans of Northern France are reputed to have been descendants of the Vikings who came there Southern Italy and could well have had contact with the orient and the spice trade. The latter is equally plausible as the Normans were prone to giving each other nicknames based on personal characteristics. The third possibility is that the name refers to a pipe player or trumpeteer. 

What we can ascertain is that the Peppards are of Norman origin with many references to the name to be found in early records relating to the Angevin dynasty of Normandy, in the early  eleventh and twelfth century. The name itself appears to have originated from a single source though this remains open to debate. Manneville la Pipard, located in the Normandy region of France, is one of the early seats of this family. The word "Manneville" comes from the latin Magna Villa or Great Villa and so Manneville la Pipard could be loosely translated as Estate of the Pipards. There are many other place-names in France, England and Ireland containing variations of the name Peppard reflecting the historical associations this family had with these places. It is said that Pipards were among the William the Conqueror's knights that invaded England in 1066 and certainly they came to Ireland in 1172.