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Our 2,766 members have registered
2,405 study surnames with us
and a further 6,120 variant names.

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About the study

The POMEROY surname reconstruction project has been underway for more than a decade.

Its aims are:-

  1. to document the trees of all UK name-bearers
  2. to verify those trees through DNA testing
  3. 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.

Variant names

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
  • Australia: de POMEROY, POMMEROY

Name origin

The Pomeroy name is most closely associated with the family of de la Pomerai, adventurers who came to England during the imposition of Norman rule under William the Conqueror and who were rewarded with more than fifty manors in the English West Country. The seat of the family was Berry Pomeroy castle, near Totnes, now under the care of English Heritage.

Historical occurrences of the name

Our surnames have been recorded in various spellings, prior to the first parish registers in the mid-1500s, n a number of locations in Devon and Cornwall.

Name frequency

There are around 2,200 name-bearers in the UK.

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.


The PFA holds a wide range of UK data collected over many years, including a complete set of BMD data since 1837 and transcripts of all censuses 1841-1901. We also hold a range of data from the USA, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, plus a few additional records from other countries.


The Pomeroy DNA project is probably the most advanced surname project in the world. While other surname projects have tested more individuals, our project is the only one that I know of that has tested a member of almost every UK tree that has living descendants. We thus have a matrix of results that we can use to identify the family of any name-bearer living overseas. Please note that DNA testing is part of the surname reconstruction project and can only be undertaken by male name-bearers. For further details or questions, please feel free to email me.