Pawsy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pawsy 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 Pawsy family

The surname Pawsy 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 Pawsy family

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

Pawsy Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pawsy family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pawsy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Pawsy family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francis Posey, who arrived in Maryland in 1640; Caleb and John Pusey who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; and Elizabeth Pusie, who settled in Virginia in 1656..


  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.
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