Re: [genpcncfir] The name Dempsey
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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