The Norman Conquest
in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Pomerantz family lived in Devon
. Their name, however, is a reference to Pommeroie, Normandy
, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name of this place translates as from the French as apple orchard.
Early Origins of the Pomerantz family
The surname Pomerantz was first found in Devon
where "the ancient family of Pomeray founded by the Norman continued to possess the Barony of Berry, until the attainder of Sir Thomas Pomeroy in the reign of Edward VI. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Pomerantz family
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Pomerantz Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Pomeroy, Pomrey, Pomroy, Pomry and others.
Early Notables of the Pomerantz family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Pomerantz family to Ireland
Some of the Pomerantz family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Pomerantz family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Pomerantz or a variant listed above: Eltweed Pomeroy, who settled with his wife in Nantasket in 1630; James Pomeroy and Theophilus Pomeroy, who settled in Barbados in 1685; John Pomroy, who settled in Annapolis in 1723.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pomerantz (post 1700)
- Martin Arthur Pomerantz (1916-2008), American physicist, Director of the Bartol Research Institute
- Gary M. Pomerantz (b. 1960), American journalist and nonfiction author, best known for his 1996 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn
- Charles Pomerantz (1896-1973), American pest control expert and self-trained entomologist who was instrumental in identifying rickettsialpox in the 1946 New York City outbreak
- Charlotte Pomerantz (b. 1930), American children's writer and journalist, best known for her 1975 story, The Princess and the Admiral which won a Jane Addams Children's Book Award
- Abraham L. Pomerantz (1903-1982), American lawyer, founding partner of the law firm of Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross LLP, father of Charlotte Pomerantz
- Hart Pomerantz, Canadian lawyer and television personality
The Pomerantz Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtutis fortuna comes
Motto Translation: Fortune is the companion of valour