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Where did the Pugh coat of arms come from? When did the Pugh family first arrive in the United States?

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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pugh, Pew and others.

First found in Montgomeryshire , where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Pugh settled in Virginia in 1654; Anne Pugh settled with her husband in Virginia in 1701; Mary and Sarah Pugh arrived in Virginia in 1741; David Pugh arrived in Virginia in 1608.

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Motto Translated: Such is the way to immortality.

Suggested Readings for the name Pugh
Chapman and Pugh Family History and Allied Lines by Minnie May Pugh.

Some noteworthy people of the name Pugh
  • John Pugh (1761-1842), American soldier and politician, who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • James Lawrence Pugh (1820-1907), American politician, U.S. senator from Alabama
  • James Edward Pugh (b. 1950), American trombonist, composer, and educator
  • Jim Pugh (b. 1964), American professional tennis, doubles, player
  • Virginia Wynette Pugh (1942-1998), American country music singer-songwriter, known professionally as Tammy Wynette
  • William Pugh (1932-1988), American Businessman from Margate, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Eliezer Pugh (1814-1903), Welsh philanthropist
  • Robert Pugh (b. 1950), Welsh film and television actor
  • George Ellis Pugh (1822-1876), Democratic politician from Ohio
  • Lewis Gordon Pugh (b. 1969), English Arctic swimmer and polar explorer


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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