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About the study
The POMEROY surname reconstruction project has been underway for more than a decade.
Its aims are:-
- to document the trees of all UK name-bearers
- to verify those trees through DNA testing
- to link emigrants' trees to our UK trees to create a fully global picture
The project is run by myself, Chris Pomery, under the auspices of the Pomeroy Family Association (PFA), which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. We have around 200 paid-up members worldwide who receive 3 newsletters during the year plus an annual report on our research progress for an annual subscription of £10. For details about joining the PFA, please email me.
The PFA endorses the research activities of the American Pomeroy Genealogical & Historical Association (APGHA) and its project to check and update the three-volume history of the American family of Eltweed Pomeroy of Dorset.
The project is happy to talk to and assist bearers of any potential variant.
Variants included in the project at present are:-
- in the UK and abroad: POMROY, POMERY, PUMMERY, de la POMERAI
- USA: PUMROY
- Australia: de POMEROY, POMMEROY
History of the name
Distribution of the name
Until the latter part of the 1800s the largest number of name-bearers still lived in Devon and Cornwall. Since then, however, large numbers have migrated within the UK to the mining areas of south Wales and the north-east of England, to ports like Southampton and Liverpool, and to the capital, London and its environs.
We estimate that several hundred name-bearers emigrated overseas during the past four centuries, many of which have produced extended families in their new homes.