The Pudney Family Origins


(Pudney: home near water)

The surname Pudney (French Ancestry.) stems from the surname


Roger Podeneye is listed in the English surnames as belonging to Pudney Farm, Rayne, Essex.

Roger Podeney/Podenaye also appears in the Calender of Fine Rolls of King Richard 11 in 1379 , of carrying out duties in Colchester.

Thomas Pudney from Rayne(formerly known as Rain), Essex, who had a deed to the Pudney farm in 1509. The farm is a short distance from Pod's Brook Rayne.

Rayne was a Norman Settlement following the arrival of King William.

The manor in Rayne was held by a Roger De Rames.

Roger de Ramis (Rames) came into England at the Conquest and had the honour of the barony of Rayne(Rains) consisting of ten knight fees.

The earliest Pudney's found in Mount Bures, Essex were:

1425 Robert Podeneye who held land in Mt. Bures

Roger Pudney who occupied Pear Tree Farm in 1494 and John Pudney

who occupied Hammonds Farm in 1614.

In York UK the name Hugh (Puisay) Pudsey 1100s, appears with surnames occuring as Podesay.

John Podesay is recorded as being master of a grammer school in 1327 Durham.

The connection of the Pudney's with the Pudsey's is yet to be proved.

Roger Pudsey/Podesey b. about 1361 of Barford, York

Pudsay's Leap

Bolton-by-Bowland Pudsey's

Bolton Hall

Barforth, York.

The History of Gainford.

Pudsey Family

Shows a photo of Barforth Hall and local history.

Thanks to Mike who gave us some info on the Pudsey's of Barforth Hall

The first record of the family at Barforth was in c1353 when Henry Pudsey married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Layton of Barforth bringing Barforth into the Pudsey family. St. Mary's Church in Gainford holds a large Pudsey tomb of Sir William and Elizabeth Pudsey(daughter of Sir Roger Aske) The Pudsey Crests are on the side of the tomb.

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Special thanks to Mike Riley, Ida McMaster Historian for Mt. Bures. and Alan.

Also a special thanks to Pat Pudney