Pomeroy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pomeroy was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Pomeroy family lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to Pommeroie, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name of this place translates as from the French as apple orchard. [1]

More specifically, the name is derived from "pomme-roi, a kind of apple, the royal apple, king's apple, or king of apples; a name probably given to a gardener for his skill in raising them, or a name of place where such apples were raised." [2]

Early Origins of the Pomeroy family

The surname Pomeroy 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. " [3]

"The parish of S. Sauveur de la Pommeraye, in the department of La Manche, Normandy, gave name to a great family mentioned in Domesday Book, and by Brompton; and they in turn conferred it upon Berry Pomeroy, co. Devon." [4]

"Pomeroy is an ancient Devonshire surname, and the name of a parish (Berry Pomeroy) in that county. From the Conquest to the reign of Edward VI. the powerful and ennobled family of De Pomeroy owned the manor of Berry Pomeroy and much other property in that county." [5]

Early History of the Pomeroy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pomeroy research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1114, 1102, 1347, 1416, 1446, 1442, 1496, 1473, 1503, 1566, 1547, 1529 and 1593 are included under the topic Early Pomeroy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pomeroy Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Pomeroy, Pomrey, Pomroy, Pomry and others.

Early Notables of the Pomeroy family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John de la Pomeroy (1347-1416), who married Joan de Merton, daughter and co-heir of Richard de Merton and widow of John Bampfield of Poltimore; Edward I de Pomeroy (d.1446), grandson of Thomas the 5th son of Sir Henry by Joan Moels; Sir Richard de Pomeroy (1442-1496), Sheriff of Devon in 1473, a...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pomeroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Pomeroy family to Ireland

Some of the Pomeroy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Pomeroy migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Pomeroy or a variant listed above:

Pomeroy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eltweed Pomeroy, who settled with his wife in Nantasket in 1630
  • Eltweed Pomeroy, who landed in New England in 1633 [6]
  • Medad Pomeroy, who arrived in North Hampton, NH in 1660 [6]
  • Joseph Pomeroy, who arrived in New England in 1678 [6]
  • James Pomeroy and Theophilus Pomeroy, who settled in Barbados in 1685
Pomeroy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Seth Pomeroy (1706-1777) was an American gunsmith and mercenary soldier, who fought in the Revolutionary War, and was later a major general in the Massachusetts militia
Pomeroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Pomeroy, aged 18, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [6]
  • James Pomeroy, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [6]
  • G W Pomeroy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Canada Pomeroy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pomeroy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Pomeroy U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Richard Pomeroy U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]

Australia Pomeroy migration to Australia +

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

Pomeroy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Pomeroy, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [8]
  • Ann Pomeroy, aged 23, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [8]
  • Mary Ann Pomeroy, aged 1, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [8]
  • William Pomeroy, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [8]
  • William Pomeroy, aged 27, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Pomeroy 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:

Pomeroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Pomeroy, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858
  • Mr. Philip J. Pomeroy, (b. 1850), aged 24, Cornish shipwright departing on 28th March 1874 aboard the ship "Hindostan" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 13th May 1874 [10]
  • Mrs. Phillipa Pomeroy, (b. 1851), aged 23, Cornish settler departing on 28th March 1874 aboard the ship "Hindostan" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 13th May 1874 [10]
  • Mr. John Pomeroy, (b. 1861), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pomeroy (post 1700) +

  • Lee Harris Pomeroy (1932-2018), American architect, founding principal of the firm Lee Harris Pomeroy Architects
  • William S. Pomeroy, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgeport, 1837; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1854
  • William H. Pomeroy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Meriden, 1934
  • William Culbertson Pomeroy (1851-1907), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Juniata County, 1883-84, 1905-07
  • Wayne C. Pomeroy, American politician, Mayor of Mesa, Arizona, 1976-80
  • Warren Pomeroy, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Somers, 1839
  • Thomas Pomeroy (1804-1878), American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1846-47
  • Theodore Medad Pomeroy (1824-1905), American Republican politician, Cayuga County District Attorney, 1850-56; Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 2nd District, 1857
  • Samuel Clarke Pomeroy (1816-1891), American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1852-53;Mayor of Atchison, Kansas, 1858-59; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1861-73
  • Robert P. Pomeroy, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lawrence County, 1903-04
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Pomeroy 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


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  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  9. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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