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Gerald A Cooke – Pimble & Pymble


About the study

I began my genealogy One-Name study research into the PIMBLE / PYMBLE name through the study of my own family history. My maternal grandmother was Alice Mary PIMBLE. I never knew any of my grandparents being the 7th child and had not heard the name PIMBLE or PYMBLE mentioned by anyone during my early years.
As the surname interested me and in order to understand why I hadn't heard the name before, I started out looking at phone books to find there were few of them in the UK and none in the immediate vicinity. I registered the name with the Guild in 1991 and have been accumulating data ever since.
this on the other hand is an 'open' site, has no details of living people.

My web blog: Pimble Blog

Variant names

The variants that I research are: PIMBLE and PYMBLE. Occasionally I find that an entry may have been written as Pemble but this is a name in it's own right. The majority of living PIMBLE / PYMBLE can trace their ancestry back to a limited number of people include Robert and John (born in Herefordshire), George or Richard (born in Gloucestershire).

Name origin

The name(s) are most frequently found in the Counties of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire in the UK and also in the London area, though there are early references in other southern counties of England. It is thought that the name may have been derived from the name PYM, but there is no supporting evidence for this. An alternative, equally unproven, links the name to Lake Bala in Wales which was previously known as Pimble Meer.

If you have any views or alternative ideas I would be please to hear them

Historical occurrences of the name

Approximately 50% of the people who arrive here will have do so as a result of a search for 'Robert Pymble' - WELCOME
Robert PYMBLE, after which a suburb of Sydney, Australia is named, began his life in Herefordshire, England before emigrating to Australia in 1821 together with his family, he spent a considerable number of years in London as did many of his siblings. Robert's parents were Philip and Mary nee WATKINS, they married in Gloucester in 1771.
It is not known exactly when Robert moved to London but it was in May 1808 he married Mary Jenison at Milton by Gravesend, their children were all baptised in July 1820 in Hackney prior to emigrating Australia.

A brief outline, a 12 page pdf file, of the family relationships is included on my website. The article is entitled Philip Pymble born 1739.

You will need to sign up for access to the site (FREE of course) and will find the article and copies of other related documents. If you are able to add, wish to amend any of the details in the article or can suggest additions please contact me.

It is from Robert that the Australian contingent of PYMBLE originate.

A close relation to Robert was Susannah PYMBLE who married Capt. John Hardman LISTER. They married in 1827 and a copy of the record from the Parish Register is available on the Pimble website

  • Reginald PIMBLE born 1888 in Ross-on-Wye. Served with the 1st Gloucestershire Regiment in WW1 and suffered two gunshot wounds at Ypres
  • Toni Pimble is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Eugene Ballet Company based in Oregon. For more details visit
    Eugene Ballet Company Toni originated in the UK and her ancestors were previously from South Wales and before that Cheltenham.
  • Loo PIMBLE is a very talented tattoo artist operating in the UK & US. It's worth taking a look at his Website


I have put together a database using RootsMagic 7 with supporting source information.The data includes: Birth, Marriage and Death from 1837 to 1983 taken from the GRO indexes.
  • All census information UK - 1841 to 1911.
  • All census information US - 1790 to 1930
  • Baptisms, Marriages and Burials from Parish Records
  • Wills
  • etc

I am very happy to exchange information with anyone who has an interest in the name, please feel free to contact me.

Please visit either of my two websites:


Project Background:The Pimble/Pymble DNA project was set up 2006 and we have interesting results so far.People with this uncommon surname are mostly to be found today in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. Those in the UK, Australia and a significant number of those in the US can trace their descent from a handful of individuals from the counties of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire in the United Kingdom.

Participation in the project is an opportunity to uncover information not provided by paper records. The results of test may help you to identify which family tree you belong to and which family trees are related.

The Y-DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father and so on back in time. The Y DNA test can only be taken by males, if you are female then perhaps you have a father, brother, cousin who might take the test on your behalf.

The Y-DNA test result CONTAINS NO PERSONAL INFORMATION and the test is different from those used by forensic scientists in criminal investigations and by doctors to identify paternity. Furthermore the test can NOT identify a unique individual as close male family members (brothers, cousins, uncles) will in all probability have identical results.

For more information you might like to read Family Tree DNA FAQ's

The Journey of Mankind is recommended watching, it'll take a few minutes only and it's worth it. Click on Journey of Mankind on the FTDNA website

You can order your test kit on the FTDNA website, please click on the 'Request to join this Project' on the left of the screen. Tests ordered through this project are charged at a special discounted group rate.

Please visit Pimble/Pymble FamilyTree DNA page