Pobjoy and Variant Surnames worldwide

Most living bearers of the name 'Pobjoy' and its variants can trace their ancestry to East Somerset and West Wiltshire (see Branches). Below is a brief account of where Pobjoys are now and where they came from.

England
Wales
Ireland
Australia
The USA
Canada
South Africa

Elsewhere


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There are still Pobjoys living in Somerset near Norton St Philip. They are descended from Robert Pobjoy and Mary Rossiter who married in Foxcote in 1742.

Pobjoy descendants ofWalter Popeioy and Margarett Taylor live in Bristol and the Liverpool and London areas.

Many of 'my' branch of the family, descended from Richard Pobjoy and Mary Atkens, live near Gloucester.

There are Pobjoy descendants of Richard Pobjoy and Ann Ford in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Pobjoy descendants of William Pobjoy and Sarah Lee live in London and the nearby counties, the Midlands and Devon.

Popjoys descended from George Popjoy and Mary Gay still live in Swindon.

Pobgee families are to be found especially in Kent, but also in Yorkshire.

There are Popejoy families in the Forest of Dean and also on the borders of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.


Wales

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A dynasty descended from John Pobjoy and Harriet Lewisis centred on Newport, Dyfed.


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There are Pobjoys descendants of Charles and Elizabeth Pobjoy in the Dublin area. Many Irish Pobjoys have settled overseas.


Australia

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Australia is home to a growing number of Pobjoys, descended from Henry Pobjoy, who shipped to Australia in 1860, and Elsie Mahon, from William Pobjoy and Sophia King, who emigrated from Oxfordshire about the same time, from Thomas Pobjoy and Louisa Veater who emigrated from Bath in the 1880s, and from Arthur Pobjoy and Eva A. Riddick whose three children emigrated in the 1950s and 60s.

There are also many Australian descendants of Henry Pobje and Mary Towning, who first lived in London but then settled in County Wicklow. Henry was one of the Norton St Philip Pobjoys.

Several Pobjoys were transported to Australia between the 1840s and 1860s and they may also have living Pobjoy descendants.


The USA

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There are Pobjoys descended from Daniel Pobjoy and Rachel Rivenburgh in Wisconsin and in California. Also in California are descendants of Charles A. Pobjoy and Hazel Moseley.

There are many US Popjoy families, especially in Philadelphia and Chicago.

There are very many Popejoys in the US, notably in Tennessee and Texas.


Canada

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Canada is home to descendants of Richard Pobjoy and Mary Atkens and also to Forest of Dean Popejoys.


South Africa

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Descendants of Walter Popeioy and Margarett Taylor have settled in South Africa.


Elsewhere

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I do not know of anyone bearing the surname Pobjoy or its variants living outside the English-speaking world. There are French, Dutch and German surnames - Papeguay, Papegai - which presumably have the same origin, though I have no evidence of any blood connection. But, "In Transylvania there's a tribe...!"


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