Pawsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pawsey surname is a habitational name, taken on from Pusey in present-day Oxfordshire, but formerly in Wiltshire. The place name comes from the Old English "peose", or "piosu" meaning "pea" "island," collectively meaning "island, or dry ground in marsh, where peas grow." [1]

Early Origins of the Pawsey family

The surname Pawsey was first found in Oxfordshire at Pusey, a village and civil parish. The earliest record of the village was in the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Pesei. [2] Another reference claims "the parish derives its name from the family of Pusey, to whom the manor was granted by Canute the Great; the place was in his time in the possession of Charles Pusey, Esq., who had recovered it in chancery before Lord Chancellor Jeffreys." [3]

Important Dates for the Pawsey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pawsey research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1594, 1665, 1650 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Pawsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pawsey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pusey, Powsey, Pusie and others.

Early Notables of the Pawsey family (pre 1700)

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Pawsey migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pawsey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Pawsey, aged 53, who settled in America from London, in 1897
  • John Pawsey, aged 42, who landed in America from Manchester, in 1898
Pawsey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Pawsey, aged 19, who settled in America from London, in 1904
  • Henry Pawsey, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Oundle, England, in 1909
  • Jane Pawsey, aged 37, who landed in America from Chislehurst, England, in 1913
  • Geoffrey Pawsey, aged 30, who landed in America from Colchester, England, in 1913
  • Lily Pawsey, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Colchester, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Pawsey migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Pawsey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Pawsey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [4]
  • Ann Pawsey, aged 41, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Shackamaxon" [5]
  • Edwin Pawsey, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Pawsey (post 1700)

  • Sir Charles Ridley Pawsey CSI , CIE , MC (1894-1972), British colonial administrator
  • Joseph Lade Pawsey (1908-1962), Australian engineer, radiophysicist, and radio astronomer, eponym of the Pawsey Medal
  • Mark Julian Francis Pawsey (b. 1957), British Conservative Party politician
  • James "Jim" Francis Pawsey (b. 1933), retired British Conservative politician

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 20 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SHACKAMAXON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/shackamaxon1853.shtml.
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