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Where did the English Pomeroy family come from? What is the English Pomeroy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Pomeroy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Pomeroy family history?

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.


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.

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. " [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pomeroy research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1531 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Pomeroy History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Pomeroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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
  • Medad Pomeroy, who arrived in North Hampton, NH in 1660
  • Joseph Pomeroy, who arrived in New England in 1678
  • 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, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • James Pomeroy, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • G W Pomeroy, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Pomeroy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Pomeroy, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Prince Regent"
  • William Pomeroy, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Ann Pomeroy, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • Mary Ann Pomeroy, aged 1, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849
  • William Pomeroy, aged 27, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance"

Pomeroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Caroline Pomeroy arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858


  • Wardell Pomeroy (1913-2001), American sexologist, co-author with Alfred C. Kinsey
  • Samuel C. Pomeroy (1816-1891), American politician, the second president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
  • Private First Class Ralph E. Pomeroy (1930-1952), American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor during the Korean War
  • Ralph Pomeroy (1867-1925), American gynecologist, creator of the Pomeroy tubal ligation
  • John Norton Pomeroy (1828-1885), American lawyer and legal writer
  • John Pomeroy (b. 1951), American animator, who worked on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too
  • Herb Pomeroy (1930-2007), American swing and bebop jazz trumpeter
  • Duane Pomeroy (b. 1952), American politician from Kansas
  • Ralph Pomeroy (1926-1999), American poet
  • Earl Pomeroy (b. 1952), American lawyer and politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Dakota



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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  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

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  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Pomeroy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Pomeroy Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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