The Powsy surname is a habitational name, taken on from Pusey in present-day Oxfordshire
, but formerly in Wiltshire
. The place name comes from the Old English "peose", or "piosu" meaning "pea" "island," collectively meaning "island, or dry ground in marsh, where peas grow." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early Origins of the Powsy family
The surname Powsy was first found in Oxfordshire
at Pusey, a village and civil parish. The earliest record of the village was in the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Pesei. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Another reference claims "the parish derives its name from the family of Pusey, to whom the manor was granted by Canute the Great; the place was in his time in the possession of Charles Pusey, Esq., who had recovered it in chancery before Lord Chancellor Jeffreys." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Powsy family
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Powsy Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Powsy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Powsy family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francis Posey, who arrived in Maryland in 1640; Caleb and John Pusey who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; and Elizabeth Pusie, who settled in Virginia in 1656..