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noun Pea"cock`
  1. [Zoöl] The male of any pheasant of the genus Pavo, of which at least two species are known, native of Southern Asia and the East Indies.
  2. In common usage, the species in general or collectively; a peafowl.

Note: ☞ The upper tail coverts, which are long and capable of erection, are each marked with a black spot bordered by concentric bands of brilliant blue, green, and golden colors. The common domesticated species is Pavo cristatus. The Javan peacock (Pavo muticus) is more brilliantly colored than the common species.

Etymology: OE. pecok. Pea- in this word is from AS. peá pāwa, peacock, fr. L. pavo, prob. of Oriental origin; cf. Gr. taw`s taw^s, Per. tāus tāwus, Ar. tāwūs. See Cock the bird

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  1. Male peafowl; having a crested head and very large fanlike tail marked with iridescent eyes or spots
  2. European butterfly having reddish-brown wings each marked with a purple eyespot

From Middle English pea (“peacock”) + coc (see cock (n.)). Pea, still used in Early Modern English but later combined with cock to deter confusion with the homonymous vegetable, is from Old English pēa (“peafowl”), a by-form of Old English pāwa (“peafowl”) (whence Middle English po and pocock (“peacock”)), from Latin pavo (gen. pavonis), which, with Ancient Greek ταώς (taṓs), said to be ultimately from Tamil தோகை (tōkai) (but perhaps is imitative; Latin represented the peacock's sound as paupulo). Used as the type of a vainglorious person from late 14c. Its flesh was superstitiously believed to be incorruptible (even St. Augustine credits this). "When he sees his feet, he screams wildly, thinking that they are not in keeping with the rest of his body."

  1. A male peafowl with brilliant blue or green iridescent tails.
  2. A peafowl, either male or female.
  3. A vainglorious person
  4. A male or female pheasant of the two genera: Pavo or Afropavo, whose males have extravagant tails.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Peacock

Harry Peacock is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1992.


Trevor Peacock is an actor. Trevor was born Trevor Peacock on May 19th, 1931 in Tottenham, England, U.K.


Annette Peacock is a musical artist.


Jonnie was born on May 28th, 1993 in Cambridge.


Daniel Peacock is an actor, film director, writer, and director. He has been prominent since 1979. Daniel was born as the child of Trevor Peacock on October 2nd, 1958 in London.


Eulace was born on August 27th, 1914. He left this life on December 13th, 1996.


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Ethnicity Peacock U.S.
  White 83.59% 64.26%
  African American 10.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Peacock

  • How Popular is the name Peacock? As a last name Peacock was the 1,659th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Peacock first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Peacock is Sunday, February 18th, 1923.
  • How unique is the name Peacock? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Peacock. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Peacock: Your name in reverse order is Kcocaep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Okepcac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Peacock? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,712 people with the last name Peacock.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Peacock? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Peacock as their last name.

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