Pumphrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Pumphrey family

The surname Pumphrey 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 Pumphrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pumphrey 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 Pumphrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Pumphrey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Pumphrey 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 Pumphrey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pumphrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Pumphrey, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]
  • Walter Pumphrey, who landed in New Jersey in 1678 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pumphrey (post 1700) +

  • John Pumphrey (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Paul Pumphrey, American martial arts professional and a world champion breaker
  • William Pumphrey (1817-1905), early American photographer
  • James W. Pumphrey (1832-1906), American owner of a livery stable in Washington, D.C
  • Sarah A. Pumphrey, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ashland, Virginia, 1882-85 [3]
  • Mary A. Pumphrey, American politician, Mayor of District Heights, Maryland, 1991-97 [3]
  • Margaret Pumphrey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1932 [3]
  • J. M. Pumphrey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1860 [3]
  • Howard Rezen Pumphrey, American Republican politician, Mayor of Delaware, Ohio, 1924-28 [3]
  • Edwin E. Pumphrey, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Platte County, 1905-08 [3]
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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