Pusey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Pusey 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Pusey family

The surname Pusey 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. [2] 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." [3]

Early History of the Pusey family

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Pusey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Pusey, Powsey, Pusie and others.

Early Notables of the Pusey family (pre 1700)

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United States Pusey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pusey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Caleb and John Pusey who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Caleb Pusey, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [4]
  • John Pusey, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [4]
Pusey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pusey, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Pusey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Brown Pusey, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Eleanor Pusey, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Agnes Pusey, aged 35, who settled in America from Brighton, England, in 1914
  • Chas. A. Pusey, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Ada Vera Pusey Pusey, aged 20, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Pusey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pusey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Florence Pusey, aged 50, who immigrated to Weston, Ont, Canada, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Pusey (post 1700) +

  • Ernest Pusey (1895-2006), American WWI veteran and at one time the oldest living person in Florida
  • William Henry Mills Pusey (1826-1900), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1860, 1888 (speaker); Member of Iowa State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Iowa 9th District, 1883-85
  • Samuel N. Pusey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1856
  • John Pusey, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 24th District, 1899-1900
  • Frederick Taylor Pusey, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Delaware County, 1903-06
  • Nathan Pusey (1907-2001), American educator, former President of Harvard University
  • Merlo J. Pusey (1902-1985), American biographer, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
  • Joshua Pusey (1842-1906), American inventor of the paper matchbook
  • Philip Pusey (1799-1855), English agriculturalist and Member of Parliament, born at Pusey, Berkshire, the eldest son of Philip Pusey (1748–1828)
  • Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882), English Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford and canon of Christ Church, the second son of Philip Pusey; his father assumed the name Pusey when he inherited the estates of the old Pusey family at Pusey, a small village in Berkshire
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John E. Pusey (d. 1912), aged 35, English Saloon Steward from Itchen, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]
  • Mr. William Robert Holland Pusey (d. 1912), aged 24, English Leading Fireman from Hampshire, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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