Pumfrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pumfrey family

The surname Pumfrey was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Pontefract, a borough, markettown, and parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross. "This place, which appears to have risen from the ruins of Legeolium, a Roman station in the vicinity, now Castleford, was by the Saxons called Kirkby, and after the Conquest obtained the name of Pontfrete, according to some, from Pontfrete in Normandy, whence sprang the Lacys, lords of Pontefract." [1]

Early History of the Pumfrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pumfrey research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1190, 1357, 1423, 1488, 1650, 1722, 1667, 1702, 1695 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Pumfrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pumfrey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pomphray, Pomfrey, Pomfrett, Pomfret, Pomfray and others.

Early Notables of the Pumfrey family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Samuel Pomfret (1650-1722), English divine, born at Coventry; John Pomfret (1667-1702), an English poet and clergyman, appointed rector of Maulden in Bedfordshire in 1695. Born in Luton, Bedfordshire, his father...
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United States Pumfrey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pumfrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Pumfrey, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Richard Pumfrey, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [2]

New Zealand Pumfrey 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:

Pumfrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Pumfrey, aged 34, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)


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