Paula Anne Baker
Researching BAKER, MANNING, TYSON, STOCKS AND OTHERS in Pitt County NC and
Greene County NC
and COLE, NORMAN, WHITE, SUTTON AND OTHERS in SC, GA, and LA
----Original Message Follows----
From: Carol Singh <csinghworthington@...
Subject: Re: [genpcncfir] The name Dempsey
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2006 17:05:43 -0800 (PST)
There is always the possibility that the name as a
Christian name, rather than as a surname, comes from a
Biblical concept like "redemption" or "redeemer," but
of course I cannot prove this. There is the further
possibility that the given name simply originated from
the surname. The surname could have been a place name
initially. Some surnames came from the locale where
the families lived. Others, like Smith or Cartwright
came from the trade the family followed. If I can find
the name in one of the surname books in the reference
section here at Reynolds, I'll give a holler. Later,
--- Trish Worthington Cobb <turniproots@...
> I don't have any Dempsey's in my data, but I do know
> there was a
> Dempsey family living in Winterville for many years.
> I don't know
> where they came from. In the early years of the
> town, Mr. Dempsey
> ran a store and his wife was a teacher, I believe.
> Both are now
> deceased. They had a son who is still living. I
> have forgotten
> where he lives. I don't know whether he has done
> any family
> research. I probably could locate his address for
> But I do believe I have seen the surname DEMPSEY or
> DEMPSIE in some
> of the earlier censuses in the northeastern part of
> On Feb 27, 2006, at 1:07 PM, eahsr1667@...
> > In a message dated 2/27/2006 1:04:10 PM Eastern
> Standard Time,
> > JGrimes227@... writes:
> > There is also a Demsie/Dempsey Grimes in Pitt Co.,
> > John
> > The name is so widespread for this area, with no
> apparent link to
> > anybody yet.
> > Names are picked up now from "soap operas" but, no
> soap operas back
> > then....
> > grin, grin....
> > Just wondering if anyone might have a clue for the
> name Dempsey....
> > Thanks,
> > Faye Hays
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