Show ContentsPimble History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Pimble is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the name Euphemia where it is a short form of that name. The surname Pimble originally derived from the Old English word Pymma which came from Euphemia. The surname Pimble referred to the son of Euphemia which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. [1]

Early Origins of the Pimble family

The surname Pimble was first found in Somerset where the family can be "traced to Philip Pym, of Brymmore, 12 Edward IV." [2] Indeed, there is much debate about the origin of this name. Another reference claims "considering that Eufemia is fairly common in the Hundredorum Rolls, that Pimme is feminine, and Phemie is still the nickname, it all but certain that we have here the solution of the name in question. Personally I have no doubt that this derivation is correct. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists the following: Eufemmia de Neville in Lincolnshire; Katerina Eufemme in Norfolk; Pimme, widow of Peter Seman in Cumberland; Bartholomew filius Pimme in Hunts; Chun Pimme in Cambridge and finally, Henry Pimme in Cambridge. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, list Agnes Pyme and Johannes Pymson. [3]

In Somerset, Roger Pym was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [4] "The family of John Pym, the regicide, were of respectable antiquity in Somersetshire, being traced to Philip Pym, of Brymmore, co. Somerset, 12. Edward IV. " [2]

Early History of the Pimble family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pimble research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1440, 1584, 1615, 1641, 1643, 1648, 1660, 1663 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Pimble History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pimble Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Pimble have been found, including Pym, Pymm, Pyme, Pymme, Pim, Pimm, Pimme and others.

Early Notables of the Pimble family

Distinguished members of the family include John Pym (1584-1643), English statesman from Bridgwater, Somerset who moved for the impeachment of advisers to Charles I; his actions led to the English Civil War; and Sir...
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Ireland Migration of the Pimble family to Ireland

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Australia Pimble migration to Australia +

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

Pimble Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Pimble, British convict who was convicted in Gibraltar for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Miss. Susan Pimble, British Convict who was convicted in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 9th March 1847, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

New Zealand Pimble migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Pimble Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Pimble, aged 31, a brickmaker, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Ann Pimble, aged 29, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • J. Pimble, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pimble (post 1700) +

  • Anthony Pimble, American actor, known for Life on the Road (2012) and Ball Up (2011)
  • Christopher Pimble Jr., American actor, known for Peppermint feat. Cazwell: Blend (2018)

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th February 2020). Retrieved from
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook