The Popingay surname is derived from the Old French word "papegai," which meant "parrot." There were archery contests in the Middle Ages where bowmen shot at a wooden parrot or "popinjay" on a pole, and as such the term also came to be used for a winner, in sports.
Early Origins of the Popingay family
The surname Popingay was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
Early History of the Popingay family
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Popingay Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Papinjay, Pabjay, Papjay, Pobjoy, Pebjoy, Pobgee, Popejoy, Popjoy, Pobgee, Papigay, Popjoy, Popingay and many more.
Early Notables of the Popingay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Popingay family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Popejoy, a servant sent to Maryland in 1680; as well as John Popjoy (1800-33), English prisoner sent to Australia
aboard the Larkins under Captain Wilkinson, and recorded in the Tasmania Muster for 1820..